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French President Hollande to meet Pope Francis Jan 24

First visit by French head of State to Vatican since 2010

09 January, 15:11
French President Hollande to meet Pope Francis Jan 24 (ANSA) - Vatican City, January 9 - Pope Francis will receive French President Francois Hollande in an audience at the Vatican on January 24, the Holy See and Paris said on Thursday.

The last time a French head of State visited the Vatican was in October 2010, when ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy was received by Benedict XVI.

Hollande's visit comes amid tension between his Socialist government and the Catholic Church in France over the legalisation of gay unions and moves to make it possible for gays to adopt children.

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