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Mon Jun 28, 2021, 09:15 PM

Voicing 'affection' for Americans, Francis meets US Secretary of State Blinken

The pontiff accorded U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken a substantial chunk of time, especially in view of a government official who isn't a national leader.

The audience in the Apostolic Palace "played out in a cordial atmosphere," a Vatican spokesman, Matteo Bruni, said. "It lasted about 40 minutes, and it was for the pope, the occasion to recall his 2015 visit and to express his affection and his attention to the people of the United States of America."

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Earlier at the Vatican, Blinken on Monday received VIP treatment, getting a private tour of the Sistine Chapel before he sat down for closed-door talks with Francis.

Blinken was the first high-level official of Biden's administration to have a private audience with the pontiff.


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karynnj Jun 2021 #1

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Mon Jun 28, 2021, 09:28 PM

1. The Pope had a private meeting with John Kerry on climate change in May.

Kerry is a high level Biden official.

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