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Modi Invites Pope Francis to India

Tuesday, 2nd November 2021

Prime Minister Modi has issued an open invitation for Pope Francis to visit India in the near future. In a tweet, the Indian Prime Minister said that he had a very warm meeting with Pope Francis on Saturday, 30 October, in which they discussed a wide range of issues.  Modi has broken the twenty-year gap in top-level consultations between India and the Papacy, which had last taken place during the visit of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to Rome. The invitation was immediately accepted by the Pope who has a Catholic flock of 20 million people; amongst the predominantly Hindu religious followers in this country of 1.3 billion people.

The meeting with Pope Francis was one of the many bilateral engagements of the Indian Prime Minister, who was in Rome to attend the annual G20 Summit held on a revolving basis in the capitals of the richest countries on Planet Earth. Upon arrival Modi held one-on-one talks with his host, Mario Draghi, the Italian Prime Minister. He also held talks with Charles Michel the President of the European Council; and  with Ms Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission.