Narendra Modi became the first Indian Prime Minister to meet Francis since he became the Pope in 2013. It is the first-ever one-to-one meeting between Prime Minister Modi and Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church. The Prime Minister also met Cardinal Pietro Parolin, secretary of state of the Vatican City State.

The meeting took place ahead of the delegation-level talks during which they are expected to discuss a range of issues such as COVID-19. Modi is on a two-day visit to Rome for the G20 Summit at the invitation of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

The PM also invited the Pope to visit India. Pope Francis has accepted an invitation from Indian prime minister. The last pope to visit India was John Paul II, who went to New Delhi in 1999 to issue a papal document on the Church in Asia.

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