- May 6, 2021
Bishops in Germany will now intensify their efforts to promote “the vitality of the Catholic understanding of marriage” after Germany’s parliament approved same-sex marriage in a snap vote on Friday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel voted against it.
German Chancellor Merkel told the press that she and Pope Francis had talked about Africa during their 40-minute encounter, especially the role of the European Union in trying to promote economic development. She said the two leaders had also discussed the importance of “tearing down walls,” protecting the environment, and promoting a multilateral approach to solving global problems.
When Pope Francis meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday, some may be struck by the irony of the world’s most powerful woman side-by-side with the head of a Church sometimes seen as male-dominated. Yet for Francis himself, dealing with powerful women is nothing new, from his experience in Argentina to his time as pope.
Popes generally work hard to have good relations with politicians of all stripes, but when they find one of consequence with whom they have a special rapport, history can change. Looking around the global stage today, the best candidate for such a partner of Pope Francis may well be Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, who’s coming calling on the pontiff on Saturday.