Pope Francis speaks with President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines  during a private audience at the Vatican City

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Pope Meets President of Philippines

Speaking on International Situation, Special Reference Given to Climate Change and Paris COP21 Conference

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This morning, Pope Francis received in audience President of the Republic of the Philippines, Benigno S. Aquino III.

According to a communique from the Holy See Press Office, during cordial discussions, “the dialogue between the various members of Filipino society was evoked, as well as the contribution of the Catholic Church to the life of the country.” Also, special reference was made to the peace process in Mindanao, with the hope that commitment from the parties may guarantee stable and lasting peace to the region.

These discussions, it also stated, were followed by an exchange of opinions on the international and regional situation, with special reference to the question of climate change and the COP21 Conference in Paris.

The Filippino President subsequently met with Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, accompanied by Under-Secretary for Relations with States, Monsignor Antoine Camilleri.

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