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Pope Francis speaks with the German president about Trump, populism and refugees

"Good morning, Mr. President."

The private meeting between Pope Francis and German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, lasted just under an hour, 55 minutes.

They addressed issues in the long meeting, like the refugee situation and the growth of populism in Europe.

According to the president, Pope Francis said he is concerned about the United States' withdrawal from the Paris agreements on the environment.

The German president was accompanied by his wife, Elke Büdenbender, and he gave the pope a book by Dutchman Johannes David, an artist from the sixteenth-seventeenth century. The pope gave him a medallion from his pontificate and his three great magisterial documents. 

It was a very heartfelt farewell and the pope said goodbye to them in German.

"God bless you. Pray for me."