In Photos: PM Modi meets Pope Francis at G7 summit 2024; invites him to visit India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday invited Pope Francis to visit India and said he admired the pontiff's commitment to serving the people (Pics/PTI and AFP)

Updated On: 2024-06-15 03:55 PM IST

Compiled by : ronak mastakar

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They met with a warm embrace at the Outreach session of the G7 summit 2024 in Apulia, southern Italy where they joined other world leaders to deliberate on the topic of Artificial Intelligence, Energy, Africa and the Mediterranean

"Met Pope Francis on the sidelines of the @G7 Summit. I admire his commitment to serve people and make our planet better. Also invited him to visit India," Modi said in a post on X

Modi and the BJP have made several overtures to the Christian community before the general elections in the country

Modi was seen in a light-hearted exchange with the 87-year-old head of the worldwide Catholic Church, who was taken around the table in a wheelchair to greet each of the world leaders gathered at the summit venue of Borgo Egnazia

"It is up to each of us to make good use of AI," the Pope said in his address at the Outreach session on the topic of Artificial Intelligence, Energy, Africa and the Mediterranean, attended by the participants of the G7 and other leaders of the Global South invited by Italian Prime Minister Georgia Meloni in her capacity as president of this year's summit

She greeted the "Holy Father" and then joined the wheelchair-bound octogenarian as he greeted leaders with handshakes including US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and French President Emmanuel Macron among others

The Prime Minister met Pope Francis during a private audience at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican in October 2021

At the time, the two leaders discussed the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences for people across the world. They also discussed the challenges posed by climate change

The Prime Minister briefed the Pope about the ambitious initiatives taken by India in combating climate change as well as India's success in administering one billion Covid-19 vaccination doses. His Holiness is said to have appreciated India's assistance to countries in need during the pandemic

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