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Pope and Latvian President Recall Francis’ September 2018 Visit to Baltics

Discuss Social and Religious Situation in Latvia

Pope Francis met with President of Latvia, Raimonds Vējonis, this morning.

According to a statement released by the Holy See Press Office today noting their discussions were cordial, it stressed that the parties evoked the good bilateral relations between the Holy See and the Baltic country, which the Pope visited in September 2018, on the centenary of the nation’s independence, during his visit there and to Lithuania and Estonia.

ZENIT’s Deborah Castellano Lubov was on the papal flight to the Baltic Countries.

The social and religious situation in Latvia was discussed by the Pope and the president, the statement noted, adding that various themes of an international nature were considered, “such as peace and security in the region, the prospects for the future of the European project and care for the environment.”

After meeting with the Pope, the president met with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Under-Secretary for Relations with States, Msgr. Antoine Camilleri.

About 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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