Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik met Pope Francis in the Vatican on Wednesday. CM Patnaik expressed his pleasure at meeting the Pope and thanked him for his warm audience.

Patnaik was in Rome to attend an event at the World Food Programme (WFP) headquarters.

Odisha CM meets Pope Francis in Vatican City | Pics

CM Patnaik also gifted the Pope with Odisha’s famous Pattachitra painting, which depicts the tree of life. Pattachitra is a unique ancient, traditional, cloth-based scroll painting from Odisha. This art form is known for its intricate detail, natural colours and mythological themes. It shows the unique expertise of the skilled craftspeople of Odisha.

Odisha CM meets Pope Francis in Vatican City | Pics

Patnaik took to Twitter to express his happiness at meeting the Pope.

Odisha CM meets Pope Francis in Vatican City | Pics

While in Rome, Pattnaik will have detailed discussions on Odisha’s partnership with the WFP and future projects which will further help the state in ensuring food security in a sustainable manner.

The CM will also meet the Odia diaspora from various parts of Europe. He will discuss the possible ways to engage with the diaspora in promoting the art and culture of Odisha while enabling them to partner in the state’s transformational journey.

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