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Friday, March 27, 2009


VATICAN CITY, 27 MAR 2009 (VIS) - The Holy See Press Office today released the following communique:

  "In the Vatican Apostolic Palace this morning, the Holy Father Benedict XVI received in audience President Demetris Christofias of the Republic Cyprus. The president subsequently went on to meet with Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.

  "The cordial discussions focused on certain questions concerning the situation in country, and its future. For his part, President Christofias illustrated the condition of many churches and Christian buildings in the north of the island. The two sides expressed their mutual hope that the ongoing negotiations between the parties may reach a solution to the longstanding question of Cyprus.

  "Ideas were also exchanged on the international situation regarding, among other things, the continent of Africa.

  "Finally, emphasis was given to the importance of good relations between Catholics and Orthodox and between Catholics and Muslims, who are all called to work together for the good of society and for peaceful coexistence among peoples".
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VATICAN CITY, 27 MAR 2009 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences four prelates from the Argentinean Episcopal Conference, on their "ad limina" visit:

    - Bishop Juan Ruben Martinez of Posadas.

    - Bishop Mariano Moreno Garcia O.S.A., prelate of Cafayate.

    - Archbishop Carlos Jose Nanez of Cordoba.

    - Bishop Jose Angel Rovai of Villa Maria.

  This evening, he is scheduled to received in audience Cardinal William Joseph Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
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