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Pope Francis Meets President of Slovakia

COVID, Social Justice & Migration Among Topics Discussed

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Pope Francis received President of the Republic of Slovakia, Mrs Zuzana Čaputová, today, Dec. 14, 2020.

According to a Vatican statement, the discussions were cordial and highlighted the good existing bilateral relations between the States, with the hope that they may be further strengthened in the field of education, and with regard to the role of the Church in society.

Mention, the statement added, was made of some issues of mutual interest, such as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, social justice and the protection of creation.

Finally, it noted, the Parties focused on matters of regional and international nature, such as security, migration and efforts at multilateral level for conflict prevention and resolution, with particular attention to the challenges of the present and future of Europe.

The Slovakian President subsequently met with Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States.


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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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