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Pope Meets President of Croatia

Discussed Europe, Situation for Croatians in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Migration, Peace and Security

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This morning, Pope Francis received the President of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, Andrej Plenković, in audience.

According to a communique released by the Holy See Press Office, during the “cordial” discussions, appreciation was expressed for the two States good existing bilateral relations, along with their intention to further develop collaboration in sectors of mutual interest. 

In addition, the statement noted, the Pope and President focused on the main commitments of the Croatian Presidency in the Council of the European Union, with particular reference to the challenges that concern the future of Europe.

Finally, various international and regional issues were discussed, including the situation of the Croatian people in Bosnia and Herzegovina, migration, peace and security.

The Croatian 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': or

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