Vatican City, 19 May 2014 (VIS) – The morning in the Vatican Apostolic Palace the Holy Father Francesco received in audience the prime minister of the Republic of Poland, Donald Tusk, who subsequently met with Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.
During the cordial discussions, mention was made of the recent canonisation of John Paul II, and the relevance of this event for the Polish nation. The prime minister expressed his pleasure at His Holiness’ planned visit to Poland in 2016, on the occasion of World Youth Day. Attention then turned to the social and economic situation of the Country.
Finally, there was an exchange of views on the current international situation. In particular, concern was expressed regarding the persistent tensions in eastern Europe.