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Pope Francis talks about refugees and Notre-Dame with Anne Hidalgo


The sovereign pontiff received in audience the mayor of Paris with whom he discussed the restoration of the cathedral as well as the importance of welcoming refugees and the “refusal of withdrawal into oneself”.

On Saturday March 18, Pope Francis received in audience the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, addressing in particular with her the situation of refugees as well as the restoration site of Notre-Dame, nearly four years after the fire of the cathedral.


Forty minutes of meeting in Spanish to discuss in particular refugees, climate issues and the restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris

", indicated

Vatican News

, information service of the Dicastery for Communication of the Holy See on the pope.

“The importance of welcoming refugees”

Notre-Dame, built between 1163 and 1345, was ravaged by fire on April 15 and 16, 2019. It should regain its famous spire before the end of the year for a probable reopening at the end of 2024, after the Olympic Games in the capital. French.

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With the sovereign pontiff, "

the mayor of Paris evoked the power and the usefulness of the message of the pope in the face of economic interests which do not want to change anything

", indicated for his part the entourage of Anne Hidalgo.

The elected socialist notably "

recalled the importance of welcoming refugees and how the pope allowed the Parisian churches to transmit a message of openness and refusal to withdraw into oneself

", according to the entourage of the city councilor. .

Source: lefigaro

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