West Germany Chancellor Willy Brandt had a private audience today of Pope Paul during a day-long official visit to the Vatican.
West Germany Chancellor Willy Brandt had a private audience today of Pope Paul during a day-long official visit to the Vatican. Herr Brandt and The Pope talked for 52 minutes, covering a number of issues, including the delicate problem of Roman Catholic Church administration in the territories taken by Poland from Germany after World War II.
Chancellor Brandt's visit to the Vatican was the first by a West German leader since former Chancellor Kurt Kiesinger came in February 1968. It was to have been an official visit to Italy for Herr Brandt, but this was cancelled following the resignation last week of Prime Minister Mariano Rumor and his Government.
To mark Herr Brandt's visit to The Vatican, Pope Paul presented him with an antique German landscape painting, a silver-framed photograph of himself and several Papal medallions. Herr Brandt presented The Pope with a gift of 30,000 Deutschmarks (GBP3,400 sterling) for development work.
After his visit to The Vatican, Herr Brandt dined privately and informally with President Giuseppe Saragat of Italy.