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Monaco's royals meet with Pontiff

January 18, 2016

Pope Francis met on January 18 with Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco. 

A brief Vatican statement released after the meeting indicated that the conversation had centered on the environment, humanitarian needs, and the migration crisis in Europe. Prince Albert presented the Pope with a special edition, produced in Monaco, of the Pontiff's own encyclical, Laudato Si'. The Pope quipped: "I think I've read it."

In press coverage of the visit in Rome, much attention was devoted to the fact that Princess Charlene wore a white coat. According to Vatican protocol, ordinarily only Catholic queens are allowed to wear white in the Pope's presence. 

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