October 19, 2013 / 7:26 PM / 6 years ago

Pope Francis holds talks with ECB head Draghi

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - European Central Bank President Mario Draghi held talks with Pope Francis in a private audience on Saturday, the Vatican said.

The Vatican did not say what the two discussed but the talks are likely to have centered on the global and European economy.

Since his election in March, Francis has severely criticized the global economic system.

Last month, during a visit to Sardinia, he said it could not be based on a “god called money”. He has also called on governments to do more to create jobs.

Draghi was governor of the Bank of Italy from 2006 until he became ECB head in 2011.

Reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Alison Williams

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