His Holiness Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II met in Vatican with Rome Pope Francis.

The sides discussed issues related to Christian communities in the Middle East, and Churches’ rights in Jerusalem.

The two highlighted the importance to strengthen cooperation in addressing the establishment of peace and solidarity in the world as well as talked about the recent political developments in Armenia and the steps to be taken to overcome the challenges facing the country.

Karekin II also met with Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, an Argentine Cardinal of the Catholic Church, and Cardinal Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

The sides touched upon ways to strengthen ties between the two Churches, and meetings within the Eastern Orthodox-Catholic dialogue.