Vatican City (Holy See), 20.09.2014 – Pope Francis received Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today in a private audience.
Secretary General Jagland also met with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. They focused on the situation in Europe and the relationship between the Council of Europe and the Holy See, which was granted Observer status in 1970.
Secretary General Jagland thanked His Holiness for his appeal for European solidarity with countries around the Mediterranean to secure a human treatment of refugees. Mr Jagland invited His Holiness to the Council of Europe.
Pope John-Paul II visited the Council of Europe in October 1988, on the eve of the Organisation’s 40th anniversary.
Holy See and the Council of Europe