28 May '16, 8am

President Tony Tan meets Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY: President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam received a pontifical audience with Pope Francis on Saturday (May 28), becoming the first Singaporean head of state to meet a Pope at the Vatican. Dr Tan is in Vatican City for the final leg of a week-long State Visit, one that brought him to Rome and Venice as well. During the meeting, Dr Tan and Pope Francis reaffirmed relations between Singapore and the Holy See, and sought to strengthen ties and explore possible collaboration between institutions and museums. Dr Tan also shared Singapore's experiences in fostering religious and racial harmony with Pope Francis. Dr Tan also met Secretary of State of the Holy See Pietro Parolin, who visited Singapore last year. For the Catholic Church in Singapore, Dr Tan's visit to the Holy See is a "very significant event." "The Catholic Church is fortunate to enjoy high regard and support o...

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