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Maduro agrees on candid and regular dialogue with Episcopate

The Venezuelan president and Pope Francis talked in good terms, said the press office of the Holy See

Pope Francis and Nicolás Maduro talked about Venezuela's political situation (Andreas Solaro / AP)
EL UNIVERSAL
Monday June 17, 2013  02:34 PM
In a press release, the Vatican informed on Monday the meeting between Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and Pope Francis was held in a "climate of cordiality."

The Vatican's press office ascertained that the Venezuelan president and the pope "had agreed on the need for a sincere and regular dialogue between the (Venezuelan) Bishops Conference (CEV) and the State for the development of the nation."

During the meeting at the Vatican, the pope and Maduro talked about "the political and social situation of the country upon the death of President Hugo Chávez Frías (...) and current issues, including poverty, the fight against crime and drug trafficking."

Maduro and Pope Francis also referred to the "historical presence of the Catholic Church in the country and its decisive contribution in terms of charity, health assistance, and education."

Finally, the Venezuelan leader and the head of the Catholic Church "examined the situation in the region, particularly the Colombian peace process."
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