Pope Francis to Meet Privately With Merkel May 6, Vatican Says

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Pope Francis will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday for a private audience, a Vatican spokeswoman said.

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Merkel will be visiting Rome on Thursday and Friday. She will meet Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Thursday, and attend a ceremony at the Vatican on Friday during which Francis will be given the Charlemagne Prize, awarded for work done in the service of European unification.

Also attending the prize-giving ceremony will be Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, Donald Tusk, president of the European Union, and Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament.

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