Pope Francis met today with the President of the Government of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, in the midst of the country’s crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic that has caused nearly 100,000 infected and 10,779 deaths.
It was a private audience and not as head of state, and therefore the Vatican did not report the content of the meeting.
It is evident that the central theme of this audience has been the emergence of the coronavirus and after Pope Francis celebrated the Urbi et Orbi blessing last Friday in a deserted Plaza San Pedro and prayed for the end of the pandemic in the world .
According to the newspaper “Il Messaggero”, Jorge Bergoglio lives isolated in his residence, Casa Santa Marta, without coming into contact with the other guests and without going down to the common dining room, after a positive was detected from one of the residents , an official of the Secretary of State.
But he continues to see people in one-on-one meetings and in recent days he also met with the Mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi.
The pope and Conte had briefly met at the end of Cardinal Achille Silvestrini’s funeral on March 30 of last year, just days before the second government was born with him as prime minister.
The first official hearing in the Vatican took place the year before, on December 15, 2018, lasted 45 minutes and addressed issues such as social inequalities, migration, the environment and peace.