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Angela Merkel meets Pope Francis ahead of G20

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By Robert Hackwill
Angela Merkel meets Pope Francis ahead of G20

<p>German Chancellor Angela Merkel has met with Pope Francis for a private audience.<br /> According to the German embassy it is her fourth such meeting with the leader of the<br /> Roman Catholic church , and it will focus on the upcoming G20 summit, to be held in<br /> Hamburg in July.</p> <p>Both leaders agreed on the “need to dedicate special attention to the responsibility <br /> of the international community in combating poverty and hunger, the global threat of<br /> terrorism, and climate change.”</p> <p>The Pope also offered a personal tribute to the late Helmut Kohl for his “tireless efforts<br /> in favour of the unification of Germany and the unity of Europe.”</p>