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Italy and Holy See celebrate anniversary of Lateran Pacts

The 87th anniversary of the Lateran Pacts (32nd of the Modification to the Concordat) between Italy and the Holy See will be celebrated today at Palazzo Borromeo in Rome, the headquarters of the Italian Embassy to the Holy See. The event will be an important opportunity for dialogue about bilateral relations. Italy’s highest authorities and members of the Government, including Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, will attend the function.

Bilateral relations between Italy and the Holy See

Italy and the Holy See have recently taken very similar stances, especially regarding international issues, given also the approach to foreign relations inspired by Pope Francis and based on renewed cooperation and more frequent exchanges of views with each side respecting their respective roles. Talks between the two delegations – led by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin –  will focus on the excellent state of bilateral relations, major current international issues, including the migration crisis and developments in Libya and Syria, and environmental issues. Intergovernmental talks between the Italian and the Vatican delegations will open the meeting between Italy and the Holy See.  Later, Italian President Sergio Mattarella will join the meeting together with the Presidents of the Italian Senate, Chamber of Deputies and Constitutional Court.