Pope Francis Meets the Prime Minister of France Jean Castex at the Vatican and they Discuss the Confessional Seal - VIDEO
Le destin si particulier de la France, celui d’une nation consciente d’elle-même et de ses devoirs à l’égard du reste du monde depuis plus de 15 siècles, ne saurait se concevoir sans l'évocation de son lien millénaire, au point d’être qualifié de filial avec l’Église catholique. pic.twitter.com/MsAKPDF0WE— Jean Castex (@JeanCASTEX) October 18, 2021
(The Prime Minister was born near France's border with Spain and speaks Spanish very well.)
The Prime Minister says they found several areas of agreement while discussing issues such as the situation in Lebanon, Iraq, and relations with Turkey. The Pope was also interested in France's role in the upcoming COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.
Jean Castex asked that a study be carried out on how to reconcile the seal of confession with criminal law and the rights of victims.
-Bags of fruit for people who in need.
Pope Francis -What did he write? If you see him, thank him. (referring to the signed t-shirt)
In return, Pope Francis gave him a mosaic with a message.
-The work that goes into the grape, into the vine, helps us to walk towards eternal life.
The Pope then gave him the significant texts of his pontificate, such as the document on Human Fraternity which he signed along with one of the leaders of Sunni Islam.
-With the great imam of Al Azhar and Muslims...
-...We have spoken, thank you very much.
Their farewell reflected the friendly nature of the meeting, which the Pope ended by asking for prayers.
-Thank you for everything you do, and pray for me do not forget.
-Thank you very much.
-Pray for me, not against me.