Vatican City, July 4 - Italian Premier Enrico Letta said that the story of his recent trip to the Holy Land was a particularly "intense" moment during a 30-minute meeting with Pope Francis on Thursday. The two exchanged gifts in the Vatican library after their first meeting. Letta gave the pontiff a 1571 volume of sermons by St. Thomas Aquinas. "I hope you like it. I believe you will be able to read it, not just keep it," said Letta. Pope Francis responded that it was "much appreciated". Letta also presented the pope with an olive-wood rosary from his trip to Israel this week. Pope Francis gave the premier a pen fashioned after the famous bronze canopy in St. Peter's designed by Renaissance master Gian Lorenzo Bernini. "Every signature is challenging," Letta said, drawing a smile from Pope Francis. It was their first meeting since they assumed their respective offices this year, Francis in March and Letta in April.