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Pope Francis and the President of the Swiss Confederation, Guy Parmelin Pope Francis and the President of the Swiss Confederation, Guy Parmelin  (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis meets with President of Swiss Confederation

At a private audience on Thursday morning, Pope Francis welcomed the President of the Swiss Confederation, Guy Parmelin, where both expressed appreciation for the good relations and the desire to continue working together on international issues.

On the day of the swearing-in of new members of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, Pope Francis and President Parmelin recalled "the generous service" of the Swiss Guards. A Holy See Press Office communique noted appreciation expressed for "the good relations and fruitful collaboration between the Holy See and the Swiss Confederation". It mentioned the recent centenary of the resumption of diplomatic relations with both parties underscoring "their wish to strengthen this reciprocal collaboration" over key international issues of our day.

After a customary exchange of gifts, the president of the Swiss Confederation met with Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States.

06 May 2021, 14:45