Pope Francis' meeting with Catholic patriarchs from the Middle East was private.
The Holt Father was given a gift of a plaque with the Our Father and Hail Mary in Aramaic.
All the patriarchs of the Middle East met with the pope in the Apostolic Palace,about the survival of Christian minorities in the region. War and persecution have reduced their population throughout the Middle East.
Pope Francis received in audience: -
His Beatitude Em.ma Card. Béchara Boutros Raï, O.M.M., Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites (Libanon); -
His Beatitude Em.ma Card. Louis Raphaël Sako, Patriarch of Babilonia of the Chaldeans (Iraq);
- His Beatitude Ibrahim Isaac Sedrak, Patriarch of Alexandria of Coptics (Egypt);
- His Beatitude Ignace Youssif III Younan, Patriarch of Antioch dei Siri (Lebanon);
- His Beatitude Youssef Absi, Society of the Missionaries of S. Paul, Patriarch of Antioch of the Greek-Melkites (Siria);
- His Beatitude Grégoire Pierre XX Ghabroyan, Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians (Libano);