August 28, 2012. (Romereports.com)
The Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti visited the pope at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. The two spoke for close to an hour an Monday afternoon.
They touched on subjects such as the political and economic climate of Europe. They also discussed ways that young people could help improve the human and spiritual growth of Europe, given the especially high unemployment rate for youth throughout the continent.
During their visit, there was also an exchanging of gifts between Monti and the pope as well as with the Vatican's Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone.
Since taking office last November, Monti has introduced sweeping reforms aimed at controlling the Italian debt crisis. He will be meeting with Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Francois Hollande in the coming week to discuss the Euro debt crisis.