Italian, Vatican officials meet to discuss Italy's future
February 19, 2014
Vatican officials met with Italian government representatives on February 18, in an annual session marking the 85th anniversary of the Lateran accords, which established the status of the Vatican city-state within Italy.
"We talked mainly of the country, its problems, its various potentials," reported Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State. Asked whether he was optimistic that a new Italian government led by the incoming prime minister, Matteo Renzi, will bring positive change to Italy, the archbishop replied: “A Christian must always be optimistic.”