VATICAN CITY - A meeting was held between Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Pope Benedict XVIThursday at the Holy See.
Their private meeting, that took place in the framework of an official visit President Christofias is paying to the Vatican, lasted about 40 minutes, an official press release issued here said.
President Christofias and the Pope exchanged gifts. President Christofias gave the Pope a silver olive tree replica noting that “Cyprus is the land of the blessed olive tree. This tree constitutes a symbol of peace”.
Following his meeting with the Pope, the President met Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone.