PM Modi meets Pope Francis on G7 sidelines, shares warm hug

Apulia (Italy)/New Delhi, June 14 (UNI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Pope Francis on the sidelines of the G7 in Italy on Friday and exchanged a warm hug with the Pontif. He also invited Pope Francis to visit India.

In a post on X, the PM said:

“Met Pope Francis on the sidelines of the @G7 Summit. I admire his commitment to serve people and make our planet better. Also invited him to visit India.“

The pontiff is using a wheelchair due to his health issues.

Videos shared on X showed the Pope smiling and greeting PM Modi and extending his arms to exchange a hug with the Indian PM. The two then exchanged a warm embrace.

This is their second meeting.

PM Modi had met Pope Francis during a private audience at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican in October 2021.

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