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Protection of Life & Marriage at Forefront of Pope’s Meeting With Austrian Chancellor

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Pontiff Also Discusssed Peace, Poverty, & Nuclear Disarmament

Pope Francis received Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Austria, Sebastian Kurz, in audience on March 5, 2018.

According to a statement released by the Holy See Press Office, the discussions were cordial, and highlighted the good existing relations and fruitful collaboration between the Holy See and Austria.

“The importance of the protection of life and the family and the promotion of the common good of society, especially with regard to the weakest sectors of the population” were highlighted, the statement noted.

“Mention was made,” it continued, “of the country’s contribution within the European Union and the need for solidarity between peoples.”

Finally, attention turned to various current international issues, including peace, nuclear disarmament and migration.

After meeting with the Pope, the German Chancellor 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 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 5 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': or

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