Dresden / Rome (dpa / sn) - The Dresden bishop Heinrich Timmerevers and Saxony's Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) will travel to the Vatican for talks in the next few days. The occasion is private audiences with Pope Francis, the Diocese of Dresden-Meissen announced on Friday.
Kretschmer will be received at the Vatican on June 17 together with the chairwoman of the diocese's Catholic Council, Martina Breyer. The focus is on the commitment of Christians in Saxony, it said. In the days that followed, Timmerevers also met the Pope to talk about challenges facing the Church in Germany and to bring in an East German perspective. Most recently, Stanislaw Tillich was in 2015 as the then Prime Minister of Saxony for a private audience with Pope Francis.
Prime Minister Kretschmer is traveling to Rome from June 15th to 18th - in addition to a meeting with the Pope, the politician is also taking part in the constitutive meeting of the Saxony-Latium working group. During the trip to Rome in October 2021, both regions agreed to intensify their cooperation in the areas of business, science, art and culture.