Merkel and Francis talk about a 'strong' Europe
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, mindful of the weight of Christian voters in September elections, has discussed with Pope Francis how Europe's economy should better serve people. Merkel flew to Rome Saturday for a 45-minute session with the pope at the Vatican.


Francis recently blasted what he called a `'cult of money" tyrannizing the poor. Merkel said the two discussed regulation of financial markets, adding that the economy hasn't always served people like it should. The Vatican said the two exchanged views on how Europe can be a community of values, including religious freedom. (AP)