January 11, 2013. (ROMEREPORTS.COM) (-ONLY VIDEO-)
Benedict XVI met with Rome's local government officials on Friday morning. The Pope greeted regional president Renata Poverini
as well as Rome's mayor Gianni Alemanno
. As a gift, Poverini gave the Pope a gold embroidered stole, while Benedict XVI gave her a framed image of the Vatican Gardens.
In light of Europe's economic situation, mayor Alemanno told the Pope, he's hoping 2013 will be a better year. He then gave the Pope 13,000 euros (about $17,000 U.S.) worth of food vouchers
, that the Pope will distribute to local families in need. As part of a yearly tradition, Alemanno also gave the Pope a medal, which symbolizes the birth of the Eternal City
, officially celebrated on April. The mayor told the Pope, “Usually the medal is made of gold, but this year, it's made out of bronze.”