.- Pope Benedict XVI met with Japanâs Prime Minister, Taro Aso, in an audience on Tuesday morning. According to a press release from the Vatican, the two heads of state discussed the economic crisis in Japan as well as the Holy Seeâs commitment to Africa.
The communiquÃ© also noted that âAt a bilateral level, attention turned to the good relations that exist between Japan and the Holy See, as well as to the understanding and co-operation between Church and State.â
After his audience with the Pope, the Prime Minister met with Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.