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Pope Discusses Education and Religious Liberty With President of Slovakia

Situation in Ukraine and in the Western Balkans Also Among Themes Discussed

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Pope Francis received President of the Slovak Republic, Mr. Peter Pellegrini, in audience in the Vatican today, Dec. 9, 2019.

According to a statement published by the Holy See Press Office, during cordial discussions, the parties evoked the good bilateral relations “in the hope that they may be further strengthened in the field of education.”

“Mention,” it added, “was made of the recent legislative interventions in favor of religious communities, and various themes of mutual interest were discussed, such as national minorities, the promotion of freedom of religion, acceptance and social justice.”

Attention turned to several matters of a regional and international nature, with particular attention being given to the situation in Ukraine and in the Western Balkans in the light of the recent OSCE Ministerial Council, held in Bratislava under the Slovak presidency.

The Slovak President subsequently 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, 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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