German Chancellor Merkel warms to Pope Francis

Sept. 7, 2013 at 2:54 PM
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BERLIN, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed admiration for Pope Francis saying he "continues to impress."

The comments came Friday during an interview with a German Catholic news agency, as Merkel's Christian Democrats lead in polls ahead of this month's election.

Merkel met with Francis in a private audience in May and said she found him well-informed, ANSA News Agency said.

"Since his election, Pope Francis continues to impress," she said.

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