The meeting between Pope Francis and the Prime Minister of Italy lasted 20 minutes. It took place late yesterday afternoon, Friday 26 April, in the Domus Sanctae Marthae. The Senator was accompanied by his wife Elsa. According to the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr Federico Lombardy, their conversation was very cordial and regarded the situation in Italy, European integration with all of its prospects and migrations. Among other things, Senator Monti told the Pope that his own father had been born in Argentina in 1900 to Italian immigrants. The pope gave the Senator a book with the first discourses of his pontificate, a set of Vatican coins and a rosary. For his part, Monti offered the Pope a triptych of pens and his book on democracy in Europe.
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