Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik meets Pope Francis, gifts ‘Tree Of Life’ Pattachitra painting

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during his visit to Rome met Pope Francis in Vatican City on Wednesday.

During his meeting with the Pope, the Odisha CM thanked him for the warm audience and wished him good health and a long life. “It has been an absolute pleasure meeting His Holiness Pope Francis (@Pontifex) in Vatican City. Thanked him for the warm audience and wished him good health and a long life,” Patnaik said in a tweet.

On behalf of Odisha and her people, the CM presented His Holiness a Pattachitra Painting that 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 craftspersons of Odisha.

Many priests and sisters from India, who were at the Vatican, were happy to see the Chief Minister. They wished him well.

Naveen Patnaik meets Pope Francis

The Chief Minister is leading a high-level delegation of senior officials of the Odisha government to Rome and Dubai.

As per schedule, Patnaik will visit World Food Programme (WFP) headquarters in Rome, where he will meet its Executive Director, David Beasley and the other senior leadership.

He will have detailed discussions on Odisha’s partnership with 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 and also enabling them to partner in the state’s transformational journey.

On his way back, Patnaik will meet investors from the Middle East and adjoining regions in Dubai. He will extend an invitation to the potential investors to come and invest in Odisha and assure them of all the support and facilitation by the state government. He will also have one-on-one meetings with some big investors from the region.

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  1. Dr.Cajetan Coelho says

    Pope Francis is doing fine. Wishing the Holy Father good health and long life.

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