Vatican City, Sep 25, 2020 / 10:00 am
Polish President Andrzej Duda met with Pope Francis Friday during his first official trip abroad since his narrow election victory in July.
The Holy See press office said Sept. 25 that after his audience with the pope, Duda met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, and Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States.
“The cordial discussions took place in the context of the centenary of the birth of St. John Paul II and the 40th anniversary of the founding of the independent autonomous trade union Solidarność [Solidarity],” the statement said.
“Some topics of mutual interest related to the mission of the Church were discussed, including the promotion of the family and the education of young people.”
“Finally, attention turned to some international issues, such as the current health emergency, the regional situation and security.”
The Polish president’s official website reported that Duda was the first president to be received by the pope since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. His wife, Agata Kornhauser-Duda, also attended the audience.
The president’s website quoted Duda as saying: “The Holy Father, Francis, pointed out that in recent years we have conducted a very effective policy for the family. He thanked me so much for that. I was deeply moved by these thanks.”
“He mentioned all the programs we had launched and that we care about families raising children. I am glad that the Holy Father knows about it, that the Holy See knows about it.”