Taoiseach Enda Kenny has attended an address by Pope Benedict with his European political allies in Italy.

The meeting was a group event and did not involve any exchange between Mr Kenny and the Pope.

Pope Benedict addressed the delegation briefly saying the authentic progress of human society cannot forgo policies aimed at protecting and promoting marriage.

It is understood that the meeting at Castel Gandolfo did not involve any exchange between the Taoiseach and the Pope.

RTÉ understands that it was not intended that the two men should speak, as the purpose of the meeting was for the Pope to address a group of political leaders.

One source said the Taoiseach did not speak to the media after the meeting because there was nothing to say and nothing to report.