President of Argentina Visits Pope

During Cordial Discussions, Acknowledged Positive Contributions of Catholic Institutions in Argentine Society

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Saturday morning, Pope Francis received the President of Argentina in audience in the Vatican.
According to a statement released by the Holy See Press Office, Francis received President Mauricio Macri, accompanied by his wife, Juliana Awada, and little girl, and their discussions were cordial.
According to the statement, their talks «demonstrated the good bilateral relations between the Holy See and the Argentine Republic.
It also noted that themes of common interest were considered, such as assistance for integral development, respect for human rights, the fight against poverty and drug trafficking, justice, peace and social reconciliation.
«In this context,» it added, «the positive contribution of the episcopate and Catholic institutions in Argentine society was reiterated, especially in the fields of human promotion and the formation of the new generations, and particularly in the current economic climate.»
Reference was also made to various issues of broader significance and interest at regional and global level.
After meeting with the Pope, the president met with Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, accompanied by Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher.

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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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