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Pope Francis Meets with President of Estonia

Discussing Multilateral Efforts to Prevent and Resolve Conflicts, Particular Attention Was Given to Situation in Ukraine

Pope Francis met with the President of Estonia, Ms. Kersti Kaljulaid, this morning, Nov. 28, 2019, in the Vatican.

According to a statement from the Holy See Press Office, the discussions took place “in a cordial atmosphere” and “satisfaction was expressed for the good state of relations between Estonia and the Holy See, recalling the Holy Father’s visit to Estonia in 2018, for the centenary of the country’s independence.”

“Subsequently,” it noted, “some issues of mutual interest were discussed, such as the role of education, social justice, and the protection of creation.”

In addition, a number of regional and international issues were addressed, including peace and security, multilateral efforts to prevent and resolve conflicts, with particular attention to the situation in Ukraine, and the challenges regarding the future of Europe.

The Estonian President subsequently met with Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who was accompanied by Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher.

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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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