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Thursday, April 14, 2011


VATICAN CITY, 14 APR 2011 (VIS) - The Holy See Press Office today published the following communique:

  "Today in the Apostolic Palace Benedict XVI received in audience the president of the Republic of Latvia, Valdis Zatlers, who subsequently met with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State, accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.

  "During the cordial discussions mention was made of the good relations between Latvia and the Holy See, also emphasised by the 2000 Agreement, and the high esteem in which the Church is held in the country.

  "Considering the current international economic climate, which has had heavy repercussions also in Latvia, appreciation was expressed for the significant and valid contribution the Church offers to Latvian society, not only through its initiatives in the educational and social fields, but also through the presentation of its social doctrine.

  "Throughout the discussions, emphasis was placed on the importance of safeguarding traditional values and peaceful coexistence. At the international level, mention was made of the contribution of Latvia in the promotion of peace and in areas of collaboration with the Holy See".
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