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Pope Francis welcomes the President, Mayor and Archbishop of Madrid, Spain

The president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz-Ayuso, began a private meeting with Pope Francis inviting him to Spain.

"The most exciting moment of my life," is how the mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, described his meeting with Pope Francis. 

He was joined by the President of the Community of Madrid Isabel Díaz-Ayuso, Cardinal Carlos Osoro and Government Delegate Mercedes González. Their visit to the Holy See was to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the canonization of St. Isidore the Worker, the patron saint of Madrid.

Pope Francis asked the delegation to take care of people, especially those most in need. He also encouraged them to put people before ideologies.

St. Isidore is no stranger to the Pope because there is a parish dedicated to this saint in Buenos Aires, where the Pope served as bishop.

During the meeting the Pope reminded President Ayuso and Mayor Almeidato keep people at the center of their decisions.