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Europe's youngest head of government visits Pope Francis

Europe's youngest head of government paid a visit to Pope Francis.

Thirty-two-year-old Sebastian Kurz is the chancellor of Austria. 

Kurz presented the pope with a copy of the sheet music for “Silent Night,” which was first performed 200 years ago. In fact, during the encounter, the chancellor invited the Holy Father to Salzburg to celebrate the anniversary. 

Pope Francis gave Kurz a medallion imprinted with a peace tree and the three main documents from his papacy. 

Among the policies in the chancellor's political program are expedited deportation for immigrants who break laws and an anti-immigration stance. 

Thus, in a press release following the agreement, the Vatican mentioned “the need for solidarity between peoples” was referenced.

According to Sebastian Kurz's message on Twitter, the meeting also included issues on which the two leaders agree, such as climate change, a ban on nuclear arms and the persecution of Christians.