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Monday, June 17, 2013


Vatican City, 15 June 2013 (VIS) – Today in the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father Francis received the President of the European Commission, His Excellency Mr. Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, who then went on to meet with Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, S.D.B., accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.

The cordial discussions provided an opportunity for a useful exchange of views on the international situation, paying particular attention to the process of European integration, as well as the continuing economic crisis that has serious consequences on employment, especially for young persons, and a negative impact on family life.

As the talks continued, focus was placed on the positive contribution that the Catholic Church can offer in the current climate for Europe’s material and spiritual well-being.

Finally, special attention was given to the promotion of human rights, especially that of religious freedom, and the protection of Christian minorities around the world.

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