A Vatican spokesman would not confirm a statement by the World Jewish Congress (WJC) that Pope Francis has ordered an investigation into the ban on kosher and halal slaughter in Poland.

"I do not know about this," spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told Polish journalists on Tuesday.

After Ronald Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress, met with Pope Francis on Monday to discuss the ban put in place last December by Poland's Constitutional Court - when it ruled that "ritual slaughter", without the animal being stunned before killing, was incompatible with animal rights legislation – the WJC released a statement saying: "The pope specifically expressed concern about the bans on kosher slaughter in Poland".

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