A video released by the Vatican on Friday of the two before and after the talks in the Papal Library showed the two were very friendly, both laughing.
When the President sat at the Pope’s office and asked how things were going, Francis, 84, replied in Italian “I am still alive”. He said shortly afterwards “perfect”, but it was not clear if he was referring to the same question.
Francis was hospitalized for 11 days in July during which he underwent surgery to remove part of his colon, which had narrowed. It was the first time he had been hospitalized since his election in 2013.
A Vatican statement did not reveal what the two had discussed privately, but said Macron’s talks with top Vatican diplomats subsequently included climate change, Lebanon, the Middle East, l Africa and the next French presidency of the European Union.
Shortly before the papal hearing, Macron told reporters he wanted to talk to Francis, among other things, about the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, the Lebanese crisis and migration.
Earlier on Friday, Macron told Britain it had to ‘get serious’ or stay away from talks on how to curb the flow of migrants fleeing war and poverty across the Channel as the Britain and France continued to blame each other for the deaths of 27 migrants at sea.
France is also playing a leading role in helping Lebanon emerge from its crippling economic crisis.
The pope, meeting the Lebanese prime minister on Thursday, compared the country to a dying person and promised to do everything in his power to help him “get up”.