November 17, 2021
General News

Pope Francis meets with Secretary of State Antony Blinken to discuss ‘hot button issues’ like the Middle East, the Holy Land and China

Pope Francis received the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony John Blinken, in a private audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace this morning, June 28, “for around 40 minutes in a cordial climate,” the Vatican stated afterwards.

Before the papal audience, Mr. Blinken had a 45-minute conversation with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, and with Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the secretary for relations with states. Informed Vatican sources told America that during the meeting they “touched on all the hot button issues, including the situation in the Middle East, the Holy Land and China.” The time for their meeting was limited because of the tight schedule of all the participants involved, including the pope, a source said.

The U.S. State Department issued a statement on the secretary’s trip to Europe, which ends on June 29, that said he would meet with…

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