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Thursday, April 30, 2009


VATICAN CITY, 30 APR 2009 (VIS) - At midday today, the Holy See Press Office released the following communique:

"This morning in the Vatican, Alvaro Uribe Velez, president of the Republic of Colombia, was received in audience by His Holiness Benedict XVI. The president subsequently went on to meet with Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary of the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State.

"The cordial discussions enabled a fruitful exchange of views to take place on questions concerning the current international and regional situation.

"Attention then turned to certain aspects of the situation in that South American country, in particular to the fight against drug trafficking, to social policies aimed at improving the living conditions of the many people who still live in poverty, and to collaboration between Church and State with the aim of consolidating national pacification".

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