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Monday, December 17, 2007


VATICAN CITY, DEC 17, 2007 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences:

 - Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins C.M.F., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

 - Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, archpriest of the Pontifical Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls.

 - Archbishop Jean-Paul Gobel, apostolic nuncio to Iran.

  On Saturday, December 15, he received in separate audiences:

 - Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

 - Four prelates from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan, on their "ad limina" visit:

    - Bishop Marcellino Daiji Tani of Saitama.

    - Bishop Peter Toshio Jinushi of Sapporo.

    - Bishop Martin Tetsuo Hiraga of Sendai.

    - Bishop Rafael Masahiro Umemura of Yokohama.
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