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Role of Catholic Church Helping Society at Forefront of Pope’s Meeting with President of Paraguay

Development, Family Support, Combating Poverty, Corruption and Drug Trafficking Discussed

Pope Francis met with President of the Republic of Paraguay, Mr. Mario Abdo Benítez, 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 Paraguay.

The statement noted that the importance of Christian values in the country’s past and present was emphasized.

“In this context, the significant contribution of the local Church in favor of the whole of Paraguayan society was highlighted,” it said.

The parties, it noted, focused on the situation of the country, with special reference to social development and support for the family, and combating poverty, corruption and drug trafficking.

Attention then turned to themes of common interest at international and regional levels.

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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