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Pope Francis sits down with ECB head Mario Draghi

October 19
10:07 PM 2013

The head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, had held discussions with European Central Bank President Mario Draghi during a private audience held last Saturday. The said meeting awas confirmed by the Vatican.

The Vatican though did not provide details as to the discussion points between the two leaders, but said the discussions may have revolved around global and European economic issues.

Since his assumption as Pope, Francis had severely criticized the global economic system. Just last month, during his visit to Sardinia, he said it could not be based on a 'god called money'. He also called out to governments to increase its efforts to create employment opportunities for the people.

Draghi, before his ECB appointment, was the governor of the Bank of Italy from 2006 to 2011.

Pope Francis is also spearheading the clean up of the Vatican Bank. He had personally overseen the removal of top officials from the secretive Vatican Bank after a corruption scandal again hit the centuries old institution.

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