Pope Francis Accepts PM Modi's Invite To Visit India, Calls It 'The Greatest Gift'
Pope Francis Accepts PM Modi's Invite To Visit India, Calls It 'The Greatest Gift'PM Modi meeting with Pope Francis

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Pope Francis yesterday (30 October) as part of his Rome visit for the G-20 Summit. Notably, this was PM Modi's first ever one-on-one meet with the Pope.

PM Modi and Pope Francis discussed a wide range of global issues, including the Covid-19 crisis, fighting climate change and alleviating poverty.

PM Modi tweeted, "Had a very warm meeting with Pope Francis. I had the opportunity to discuss a wide range of issues with him and also invited him to visit India."

PM Modi was accompanied to the Vatican by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and external affairs minister S Jaishankar, reports Hindustan Times.

As per reports, the meeting was scheduled to last only 20 minutes, but went on for an hour.

“Today, 30 October, the Holy Father Francis received in audience, in the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Mr Narendra Modi. During a brief conversation, the cordial relations between the Holy See and India were discussed,” the Vatican said in a statement.

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla stated after the meeting that Pope Francis has accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to visit India terming it as “the greatest gift”.

"You (PM Modi) have given me the greatest gift. I am looking forward to visiting India,” Pope Francis said, as quoted by the foreign secretary.

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber