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Pope meets with president of Tunisia, Mohamed Moncef Marzouki

As cameras clicked away, Pope Francis welcomed the president of the Tunisian Republic, Mohamed Moncef Marzouki, to the Vatican's Apostolic Palace. ; With the help of an interpreter, they spoke in French. During their brief meeting they talked about inter-religious dialogue, human rights and religious freedom. They also discussed the role the Church plays in the fields of health and education in the country. ; As a gift, the president gave the Pope a silver colored dove that symbolizes peace. In turn, the Pope gave him an engraved medallion. ; Even though the Pope needed some help at first with a translator, by the end of the meeting, he seemed pretty comfortable speaking on his own. As he usually does with his guests, the Pope asked him to pray for him. ; KLH ; CTV FA -BN Up: PM