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Pope to meet with most powerful European leaders on March 24

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 Francis given traditional gift by Lithuanian prime minister

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Pope Francis welcomed Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius at the Vatican. The Pope, always smiling and joking with his guests, told the prime minister what he thinks of the time allotted for taking official pictures.   


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"This is called protocol torture.” 

During their meeting, they spoke about the role Lithuania plays as the current president of the Council of the European Union, as well as the good relationship between the Vatican and the Baltic country, which is home to various religious groups coexisting peacefully.

The prime minister introduced his wife and a government delegation to the Pope. He said that given the pontiff's preference for modesty, he gave him a traditional gift from his country: a handmade weather-vane. The Pope listened intently to the prime minister's explanation of each design. 

Meanwhile, the Pope gave him a pen and added that it should be used only to sign "important documents.” As they said goodbye, Butkevicius, visibly excited, thanked the Pope on behalf the Lithuanian people. 

ALGIRDAS BUTKEVICIUS
"One of my dreams has come true: to be welcomed by the Pope.” 

After the audience with the Pope, the prime minister met with the Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone. 


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