It is a highly symbolic gift that is preparing to offer Pope Francis a group of French senators visiting Rome, at the end of the general audience on Wednesday, September 29. The elected officials of the High Assembly will thus give to François a piece of one of the oaks used to rebuild the framework of Notre-Dame de Paris, learned The cross.
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The group, which should greet the Pope in the middle of the morning, will also take the opportunity to invite Francis to go to Paris when the Parisian cathedral will be fully restored.
Six senators from the France-Holy See friendship group,
This delegation of six senators, all members of the France-Holy See interparliamentary friendship group, and led by Senator LR Dominique de Legge, arrived in Rome on Sunday September 27. His visit will end on Thursday 30.
Bicentennial oaks for the spire of Notre-Dame de Paris
During these three days, the elected officials, including the former socialist minister André Vallini, or the LR Marie Mercier and the centrist Loïc Hervé, planned to meet several senior Vatican officials. Tuesday morning, for example, they met with Cardinal Miguel Ayuso Guixot, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, as well as with the Secretary of State of the Holy See Cardinal Pietro Parolin and the “Minister of Foreign Affairs” of the Pope Bishop Paul R. Gallagher.
French elected officials must also meet Sister Nathalie Becquart, Under-Secretary of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, as well as Mgr Eric de Moulins Beaufort, President of the Conference of Bishops of France, present in Rome as part of the ad limina visits.