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Pope Francis receives President of El Salvador

On Thursday Pope Francis received in audience the President of the Republic of El Salvador, Mr. Mauricio Funes Cartagena. A statement released by the Holy See after the meeting said the talks were cordial, and both the President and the Pope expressed satisfaction for the good relations between the Holy See and the nation of El Salvador. Tribute was given to, Servant of God Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was assassinated in 1980 for witnessing to Christ. Appreciation was also expressed for the contribution that the Church offers for the reconciliation and consolidation of peace, as well as in the areas of charity, education, and the eradication of poverty and organized crime. Some ethical issues such as the defence of human life, marriage, and the family were also discussed. After meeting the El Salvadorian President, the Pope received members of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community. The commission is made up of Bishops delegated by the 26 Catholic Bishops' Conferences of the European Union and it has a permanent Secretariat in Brussels. In another development the pope has confirmed Cardinal Augustino Vallini as Vicar general of the diocese of Rome. Cardinal Vallini, 73 years old, was originally appointed Vicar General of the diocese of Rome in 2008 by retired Pope Benedict XVI.


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