Pope Francis has called on European leaders to act in order to safeguard Europe's integrity, says German Chancellor Angela Merkel, pointing to the need to protect the single currency and the bloc's borders, as well as showing humanity.
"Very clear messages were delivered," Merkel says. "He called on us to consider three things: The capacity for dialogue, the capacity for integration and the capacity to create something," she adda, citing the need to continue the work of Europe's founding fathers.
"This is a mandate for us to handle, to keep Europe together, whether it is about the [European] currency, whether it is about the protection of our external borders, and in particular the humanity and the humanitarian duty of Europe not to forget," she says.
In a separate private audience with the Pope, they discussed the need to create peace in Syria and Europe's responsibility to provide support, Merkel says. "It was very important for me to have this conversation," she adds.