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Pope Francis meets with President of Germany

-"Hello, good morning. What a joy to see you again. Hello."

This was the friendly greeting between the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and Pope Francis at the Vatican.

They met for nearly an hour.

According to the Vatican, they talked about topics like migration, international conflicts and the need for multilateral solutions.

As a gift, the President gave the Pope a facsimile of an illustration of Mary and the Tree of Life from the Furtmeyr Bible.

The Pope gave the President a mosaic with the inscription, “Through Noah, God opens a path of salvation for Creation and for every person.”

Before leaving, the President met with Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and with Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, Abp. Paul Richard Gallagher.