Pope Meets President of Czech Republic

Parties Expressed Wish to Further Develop Cooperation Between Church, State

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This morning, Pope Francis met with the president of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman.

According to a statement released today by the Holy See,  the discussions, which took place on the 25th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the then-Czech and Slovak Federative Republic on April 19th 1990, were cordial.

«Mutual willingness to strengthen the good bilateral relations was confirmed, along with the hope of concluding negotiations with a view to stipulating a bilateral agreement,» it noted.

The parties expressed their wish to further develop cooperation between Church and State, it stated, especially in sectors of mutual interest, such as «in culture, education and social welfare, for the benefit of the entire nation.»

«Attention then turned to the current international context,» the statement concluded,  saying special attention was given to the situation of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East.

The Czech president subsequently met with Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Vatican 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': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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