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Second pontiff visit

Pope Francis vists the European Parliament

Pope Francis will address the Members of European Parliament on 25 November

Pope Francis will arrive on Tuesday for an official visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg. He will deliver a formal address to MEPs in plenary sessio before meeting with the presidents of all EU institutions, Martin Schulz (European Parliament), Herman Van Rompuy (European Council), Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (Italian Council presidency) and Jean-Claude Juncker (European Commission).
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 Pope Francis´ visit to Europe´s institutions on Tuesday will whisk him through the European Parliament and and the Council. It is one of the shortest visits in papal history. The previous visit by a sovereign pontiff was on 11 October 1988, when Pope John Paul II delivered an address to MEPs in Strasbourg.

Pope Francis has long been a critics of harsh austerity policies in Europe, expressing his concern about how they impact upon the poorest. Last year, he also hit out at corporate greed and excessive salaries in the financial sector. The pope’s visit is being seen as a purely political one; he won’t be visiting Strasbourg’s cathedral during his one-day stop off.

The Pope is expected to repeat his call for greater tolerance, socialinclusion and dialogue as a recourse to a rise in racism and radicalization in countries hit hard by the economic crisis and the austerity measures imposed to overcome it.

The leader of the worlds 1.2 billion Roman Catholics will likely call for more to be done to tackle youth unemployment - which stands at an average 21.6 percent in the continent - and to care for those fleeing war zones and persecution.

His visit has sparked protests in some quarters, with critics slamming European Parliament head Martin Schulzs decision to invite a religious leader to address a secular body.

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