Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik of Odisha, an eastern Indian state, on June 22 met Pope Francis in the Vatican.
“It has been an absolute pleasure meeting His Holiness Pope Francis in Vatican City. Thanked him for the warm audience and wished him good health and long life,” he said on his social media post.
On behalf of Odisha, Patnaik presented His Holiness a “Pattachitra” painting that depicts the Tree of Life. The unique ancient traditional scroll painting is one of the finest representatives of Odisha’s craftsmanship and artistry.
Many Catholic priests and nuns from India, who were at the Vatican, were happy to see Odisha Chief Minister. They wished him well.
Patnaik is on his 11-day tour to Rome and Dubai with a high-level delegation, which is scheduled to visit the World Food Programme (WFP) headquarters in Rome and share Odisha's "transformational journey" in food security and disaster management.
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