German Chancellor Angela Merkel had a forty-five minute private audience with Pope Francis. The two leaders discussed religious questions and economic issues.
Pope Francis has told young people that populism starts by sowing hate. He noted Hitler and Nazi Germany rose to power through the use of populism.
Two of the most contentious Roman Catholic figures of the 20th century have been made saints. Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI were among six religious figures canonized in a Vatican ceremony.
As he starts his tour of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, the pontiff will find people here skeptical of his criticism of global markets, but more positive about the Church than western Europeans, writes Konstantin Eggert.
The chancellor got a challenging reception from the youth wing of her CDU/CSU party at their annual convention. Anxieties over poor polling and looming state elections have bred discontent among the young conservatives.
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