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Odisha Chief Minister met His Holiness Pope Francis in the Vatican

Vatican: 22/6/22: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Wednesday met His Holiness Pope Francis in the Vatican. He expressed his pleasure in meeting His Holiness and thanked him for his warm audience. He wished His Holiness good health and long life.

The meeting was the most awaiting one during Naveen’s 10-day foreign tour, which is second in past 22 years, as Naveen become the first chief minister of an Indian state to meet Pope Francis in Vatican. The meeting with head of the Catholic Church also raised Naveen’s political stature and grabbed international eyeballs.
Stating that it was an honour to meet the head of Catholic Church, the longest-serving chief minister of the state said that there are millions of Roman Catholics in India.
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The chief minister also informed Pope Francis about his government’s support to the organisations run by Missionaries of Charity, the Kolkata-based philanthropic organisation, founded by Mother Teresa that had arrived in Odisha in 1974 runs as many as 13 centers for the sick, abandoned, elderly, leprosy patients, mentally disabled and orphans.
In December last year, Naveen had directed the district collectors in Odisha to ensure that no inmate of these organisations suffers, especially from food security and health-related distress owing to paucity of funds.
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By presenting the Pattachitra, a popular art form of Odisha, Naveen also showcased Odisha’s rich craftsmanship and artistry in Vatican. Pattachitra is a unique ancient traditional, cloth-based scroll painting from Odisha. This art form is known for its intricate detail, natural colours and mythological themes. It shows the unique expertise of the skilled craftsman of Odisha, said an official statement.
The priests and sisters from India, who were at the Vatican City, were happy to see chief minister as they clicked photos with him. They also wished him well, said the statement.

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