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President of Swiss Confederation Visits Pope

Discuss theme of migrants in current European context

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On Saturday, the Pope received in audience Johann Schneider-Ammann, president of the Swiss Confederation, who subsequently met with Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, secretary for Relations with States.
According to a statement from the Vatican, «The cordial discussions offered the opportunity to affirm the good relations between the Holy See and Switzerland, with particular acknowledgement of the faithful and professional service rendered by the Pontifical Swiss Guard. Appreciation was expressed for the positive contribution the Church makes in different fields in the country, in an atmosphere of serene collaboration. Mention was made of the professional education of young people, which plays an effective role in access to the world of work.
«Special attention was reserved to the theme of migration and policies of reception and integration, in the current European context. The parties then discussed the conflicts in the Middle East and the situation of sub-Saharan countries, revealing the need to strengthen efforts in favour of security and peace.»
On Friday, the Swiss Guard had their annual swearing-in ceremony and on Saturday, the new recruits and their families were received in audience by the Pope.
See report on the Pope’s address to the Guard here: https://zenit.org/articles/pope-to-swiss-guard-here-at-heart-of-christianity-deepen-your-friendship-with-jesus/

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