Pope Francis received in audience the President of the Republic of Chile, Sebastián Piñera Echenique, on October 13, 2018, in the Vatican Apostolic Palace.. The president subsequently met with Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Vatican Secretary for Relations with States.
During the discussions described by the Vatican as “cordial”, satisfaction was expressed for the existing good relations between the Holy See and Chile. The Parties then went on to consider the situation of the country, with particular reference to the defense of life and the painful scourge of abuse of minors, reiterating the effort of all in collaboration to combat and prevent the perpetration of such crimes and their concealment.
Attention then turned to matters of common interest at the international and regional level, with special reference to the reception of migrants.