CNA Staff, Apr 22, 2020 / 08:30 am
A 45-minute phone call between Pope Francis and French president Emmanuel Macron revealed "a lot of convergence" between the two leaders on the coronavirus crisis, the president's office has said.
French officials told reporters April 21 that the pope and Macron had discussed the debts of developing countries, aid to Africa, the need for a global ceasefire and the importance of a united Europe.
"There is a lot of convergence in vision and in the answers," the Elysée said.
The Holy See press office made no official statement regarding the conversation, in line with its policy of not commenting on private talks between the pope and world leaders. But the French version of the Vatican News website reported the Elysée's account of the discussion and noted that Macron had renewed his invitation to the pontiff to visit France.