Trudeau meets with Pope Francis at Vatican

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VATICAN CITY—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has had a private visit with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

It’s unclear what was said in the meeting, which lasted more than 30 minutes, but Trudeau was expected to discuss reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, religious diversity and climate change.

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The prime minister has given the Pope a rare set of Jesuit Relations books, which have become an important source detailing the beginnings of Canada.

Trudeau also presented Pope Francis with a Montagnais-French dictionary written by a French Jesuit in the 17th century.

In return, the Pope gave the prime minister a gold medal marking the fourth year of his pontificate, an autographed copy of his message for World Peace Day and three papal letters about family, environment and evangelism.

Trudeau was expected to ask the pontiff to issue a formal apology in Canada for the role of the Catholic Church in the residential school system.