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A very friendly meeting and comprehensive conversation between President Pahor and Pope Francis

Vatican, 7. 2. 2022 | press release

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, is today on an official visit to the Holy See. The visit marks the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Slovenia and the Holy See.

In the morning, President Pahor attended a Mass held by the Archbishop of Ljubljana and President of the Slovenian Bishops’ Conference, Msgr Stanislav Zore, at the tomb of Pope St. John Paul II in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Slovenia and the Holy See.

President Pahor then met with Pope Francis. In light of the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, President Pahor expressed his gratitude for the Holy See’s strong support for the process of Slovenia’s independence at the time, stressing that it had made an important contribution to Slovenia continuing its successful journey in the international community.

A very friendly meeting and comprehensive conversation between President Pahor and Pope Francis
Photo: Vatican Media

President Pahor and Pope Francis positively assessed the relations between Slovenia and the Holy See and considered them to be based on deep friendship and mutual respect.

During their meeting in the Apostolic Palace, President Pahor and Pope Francis discussed the importance of dialogue, reconciliation and tolerance and touched on certain topical international issues. They were united in their belief that all disputes should and can be resolved peacefully and through dialogue.

On the occasion of the official visit and the important anniversary, President Pahor repeated his invitation to the Pope to visit Slovenia.

During his visit to the Vatican, President Pahor took the opportunity to present Pope Francis with a triptych of beehive panels with religious motifs hand-painted by Slovenian artist Darja Klevišar, the book Living Together: About Bees and Mankind by Dr Petra Bole, a monograph with beautiful photographs of Slovenian beekeeping and its rich heritage, and, as is traditional in Slovenia, walnut potica.

President Pahor then also met with Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin and the Secretary for Relations with State, Archbishop Msgr Paul Richard Gallagher; they talked about cooperation between Slovenia and the Holy See, both bilaterally and in the wider international context. They devoted particular attention to the situation in the Western Balkans, the current tensions in Ukraine and the dialogue between Church and State. They confirmed their interest in continuing a regular dialogue on various international issues.

In the afternoon, President Pahor also attended an event to mark the Slovenian cultural holiday and the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Slovenia and the Holy See – a concert performed by the Slovenian Octet in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia to the Holy See.

A very friendly meeting and comprehensive conversation between President Pahor and Pope Francis
Photo: Vatican Media