Vatican reveals gifts exchanged between Pope Francis and Prime Minister Rama
Pope Francis received this Saturday morning the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama at the Apostolic Palace.
"In their talks, emphasis was placed on the good relations that exist between the Holy See and Albania and topics of common interest were discussed regarding the relations between the ecclesiastical and civil communities, the Church's contribution to the common good of Albanian society. migration and peace ", reports Vatican News about this meeting.
"The main regional issues were also discussed, including the situation in the Western Balkans and the progress of Albania and other countries towards full integration into the European Union", it is further written.
Exchange of gifts
After their discussions, the two leaders made a traditional exchange of gifts. Pope Francis presented Prime Minister Rama with a bronze bas-relief of Noah. He also gave him papal papers, including this year’s message for World Peace Day, the document on the Human Brotherhood for World Peace and Living Together, and the Statio Orbis volume of March 27, 2020, recalling the extraordinary moment of prayer during pandemic isolation in Italy.
Prime Minister Edi Rama presented Pope Francis with an icon of 'Madonna dell'Avvento' and an icon of St. Francis. He also donated two paintings and a letter from Father. Gjergj Fishta, an Albanian Franciscan, poet, philosopher and considered one of the most influential Albanian writers of the 20th century.