Vatican Radio REPORT Pope Francis received the President of Switzerland, Ueli Maurer, on Monday morning at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. The Press Office of the Holy See issued a statement following the meeting, saying the Pope and the President held "cordial discussions" during the course of which they discussed the safeguarding of human rights, the formation of young people and promotion of justice and peace. Below, please find a Vatican Information Service translation of the statmeent from the Press Office.
(VIS) This morning in the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father received His excellency, Mr. Ueli Maurer, president of the Swiss Confederation. President Maurer then went on to meet with Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B., accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.
During the cordial discussions—recalling the centuries-old, commendable service of the Pontifical Swiss Guards on the annual swearing-in ceremony of the new recruits—the common desire to further reinforce the good relations that exist between the Holy See and the Swiss Confederation was emphasized as well as intensifying the collaboration between the Catholic Church and the State.
Then issues of common interest were covered, such as the safeguarding of human rights, the formation of youth, and the international collaboration in promoting justice and peace.
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