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Thursday, September 9, 2010


VATICAN CITY, 9 SEP 2010 (VIS) - The Holy See Press Office released the following communique yesterday afternoon:

  "This morning, at the end of his general audience, the Holy Father Benedict XVI greeted Jose Maria Pereira Neves, prime minister of Cape Verde, who had previously been received by Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. in the company of Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.

  "During the cordial discussions pleasure was expressed at the good state of bilateral relations, as well as at the contribution the Church makes to the entire archipelago nation. Likewise, the hope was expressed that there would be increasingly close collaboration in the fields of healthcare and education.

  "It was furthermore decided to establish a bilateral working commission to begin work on a framework agreement between the Holy See and Cape Verde".
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VATICAN CITY, 9 SEP 2010 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences five prelates from the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil, on their "ad limina" visit:

    - Bishop Francisco Caninde Palhano of Bonfim.

    - Bishop Tommaso Cascianelli C.P. of Irece.

    - Bishop Jose Geralso da Cruz A.A. of Juazeiro.

    - Bishop Guido Zendron of Paulo Afonso.

    - Bishop Andre de Witte of Ruy Barbosa.
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