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Pope Francis, St Peter's Square © L'Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis, St Peter's Square © L'Osservatore Romano

Pope Receives President of Slovakia

Contribution of the Church to Society, Especially in Education, Highlighted

Pope Francis met with President of Slovakia, Mr. Andrej Kiska, this morning.

According to a statement released by the Holy See Press Office this morning noting their discussions were cordial, it stressed that the parties evoked the good existing relations between the Holy See and Slovakia, as well as the contribution of the Church to Slovak society, especially in the field of education.

Subsequently, the statement noted, various themes of common interest were considered, “including climate change and the reception of migrants, in the light of recent international meetings.”

Finally, attention turned to the international context and to peace, security and cooperation in Europe, in view of Slovakia’s Presidency of OSCE in 2019.

After meeting with the Pope, the president met with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Gallagher.

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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 four languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio 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': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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