Merkel has 'intense' talks with Pope Benedict XVI

28th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

28 August 2006, CASTEL GANDOLFO, ITALY - German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended Monday a private audience with Pope Benedict XVI at the pontiff's summer residence at Castel Gandolfo near Rome. It was Merkel's first meeting with the German-born pope since she became chancellor. "I had very intense talks with the Holy Father," Merkel said after the 45 minute private audience. The two discussed the Middle East, Iran and Europe, the chancellor said. Merkel expressed support for the inclusion of a reference t

28 August 2006

CASTEL GANDOLFO, ITALY - German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended Monday a private audience with Pope Benedict XVI at the pontiff's summer residence at Castel Gandolfo near Rome.

It was Merkel's first meeting with the German-born pope since she became chancellor. "I had very intense talks with the Holy Father," Merkel said after the 45 minute private audience.

The two discussed the Middle East, Iran and Europe, the chancellor said. Merkel expressed support for the inclusion of a reference to Christianity in the planned EU constitution and said she is looking forward to the pope's September visit to his homeland.

The chancellor said her CDU party would always maintain good relations with the pontiff and she gave Benedict, a music fan, an old Mozart score.

Merkel grew up as a Protestant pastor's daughter in the former East Germany. Benedict, the former Joseph Ratzinger, was born in Bavaria and will be visiting there September 9-14.

DPA

Subject: German news

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