Pope and Macron meet at the Vatican

ROME (HPD) — Pope Francis met French President Emmanuel Macron at the Vatican on Monday, with the war in Ukraine a major concern of the two leaders.

The nearly hour-long private audience was Francis’ third with Macron since his papacy began.

Neither side released details of their talks at first.

On the eve of the meeting, Macron spoke at a conference in Rome about the need for Ukraine to decide on the timing and terms of peace with Russia, which invaded its neighboring country eight months ago.

Francis was scheduled to go to the Coliseum on Tuesday to deliver a speech at the same event, a conference focused on the need for peace and organized by a Catholic charity close to the Vatican.

Macron went to the Vatican accompanied by his wife, Brigitte.

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