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March 3, 2017. On March 24 a historic meeting will take place between the pope and many of the most powerful heads of government throughout Europe. The meeting was announced by the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Greg Burke and will begin at 6 p.m. in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

Pope discusses economic crisis, with Spain's prime minister, Mariano Rajoy

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As a gift, Spain's prime minister gave the Pope a duplicate book from Spain's National Library. There was also time for some laughs. Rajoy gave the Pope a jersey of Spain's soccer team, which was signed by all the players. The Pope happily received it, but he also defended his favorite team from Argentina. 


"Thank you very much. If I would have known, I would have given you a 'San Lorenzo' jersey." 

On a more serious note, Rajoy thanked the Pope for everything the Church is doing, through institutions like Caritas, which is helping Spaniards get back on their feet. They also talked about the collaboration of other European countries in managing the economic crisis. Rajoy's wife told the Pope that she has family in Argentina. 

"They also have Italian roots. Oh, the mix of Argentinian blood." 

The prime minister invited the Pope to Spain, especially given the fact that in the year 2014, the country will mark 500 years since the birth of St. Teresa of Jesus. 

After meeting with the Pope, Rajoy met with the Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. 


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