2016-10-11 07:50:00

Pope Francis meets with Minister President of Schleswig-Holstein

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday met with Torsten Albig, the Minister President of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein.

“It was a very moving and powerful conversation with a very impressive personality,” Albig told German media after the meeting.

According to a statement issued by the government of Schleswig-Holstein, concern was raised about the rise of racism and xenophobia in Europe. The statement also said the two men spoke about the Pope’s encyclical Laudato si’ and environment issues.

The Minister President gave Pope Francis a faithful replica of a note from Blessed Eduard Müller, one of the “Lübeck Martyrs” – three Catholic priests and a Protestant pastor who were executed in 1943 for standing up to the Nazi regime. Müller and the two other Catholic priests were beatified in 2011.

Albig is the second Minister President from Schleswig-Holstein to meet with a Pope in the Vatican. His predecessor Peter Harry Carstensen met with Pope Benedict XVI in 2007 and 2009.

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