Pope Francis welcomes Fijian President Katonivere


Pope Francis Monday received in audience at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace the President of Fiji, Ratu Wiliame Maivalili Katonivere.

The President met afterwards with Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States and International OrganiSations.

According to the Holy See Press Office, the “cordial” discussion “focused on various themes of a regional nature, particularly the urgent issue of climate change, the humanitarian dimension and the need for greater commitment to protecting the common home.”

The Pope and the President also spoke about the “good relations existing between the Holy See and Fiji, and the contribution of the Catholic Church to the life and development of the country” .