Belgian King and Queen Meet Pope Francis

Made Special Reference to Europe’s Future Prospects

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Pope Francis met with King Philip and Queen Mathilde of Belgium today at the Vatican.

According to a communique released by the Holy See Press Office, the Pope and the Belgian royal couple «discussed the good bilateral relations between Belgium and the Holy See.»

«They also focused on issues of common interest,» it added, «such as social cohesion, youth education, the phenomenon of migration and the importance of intercultural and interreligious dialogue.”

The King and royals also spoke of some issues of international character, with special reference to the future prospects of the European continent.

Following meeting with Pope Francis, the King and Queen met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, and Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States.

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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