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Pope Meets President of Costa Rica

Cordial Discussions Highlighted Church’s Contribution, Protection of Life

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Pope Francis met President of the Republic of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, today in the Vatican.
According to a statement released by the Holy See Press Office, the discussions were cordial and expressed satisfaction for the good state of bilateral relations between Costa Rica and the Holy See.
“Appreciation was expressed for the contribution that the Church offers,” it noted, “especially in the fields of education, health, the promotion of human and spiritual values and charitable activities.”
“Attention then turned to various themes of mutual interest such as the protection of human life, as well as problems of particular current relevance such as migration and drug trafficking. Finally, mention was made of the regional situation and a number of international issues,” the statement concluded.
After meeting with the Pope, the president met with Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, accompanied by Vatican 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, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. 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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