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Pope meets with Governor of New Zealand

Pope Francis met with New Zealand's governor Jerry Mateparae at the Vatican's Apostolic Palace.   'Good morning.' During their brief meeting they talked about the role the Catholic Church plays in the country. They also exchanged views on international matters like peace missions and different programs.  As a gift, the governor gave the Pope a coral stone which is also very symbolic.  JERRY MATEPARAE GOVERNOR OF NEW ZEALAND "This is a coral. It signifies peace and understanding. It says here what it is.â? Pope Francis gave him a pen.  JERRY MATEPARAE GOVERNOR OF NEW ZEALAND "I'll use this for important documents. Thank youâ?  After their meeting the governor invited Pope Francis to New Zealand.  JERRY MATEPARAE GOVERNOR OF NEW ZEALAND "We would be absolutely honored if you come to our part of the world for a visit. So, I'll be telling that to everyone whom I see.â? YJA/KLH  CTV VM  -BN up: KLH