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Pope Francis meets President of Chile

Pope Francis meets President of Chile

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday met with the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet Jeria. She  subsequently met with the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, secretary for Relations with States.

A statement from the Holy See Press Office called their discussions “cordial”, and said mention was made of the existing good bilateral relations  between the Parties, in the hope that they may be further strengthened within the framework of the  provisions of international law.

Issues of common interest such as the protection of human life,  education and social peace were then addressed. In this context, emphasis was placed on the role  and the positive contribution of Catholic institutions in Chilean society, especially in relation to  human promotion, education and assistance to those most in need.

The statement said this was followed by an overview of the situation in Latin America, with particular  reference to various challenges affecting the continent.

(from Vatican Radio)

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