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Pope Francis and Ecuadoran President Lenin Moreno (R) holding talks in the Vatican, Dec. 16, 2017 Pope Francis and Ecuadoran President Lenin Moreno (R) holding talks in the Vatican, Dec. 16, 2017  (AFP or licensors)

Pope meets Ecuadoran president

After meeting Pope Francis, Ecuadoran President ‎Lenín Moreno also held talks with Card. Parolin and ‎Arch. Gallagher. ‎

Pope Francis, Saturday morning, received in the Vatican President ‎Lenín Boltaire Moreno Garcés of Ecuador, who later held talks with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher.

In a brief communique, the Holy See’s Press Office said that “during the cordial discussions, the special role of Christianity in the formation of the identity of the country was evoked, and appreciation was expressed for the contribution of the Church.” The Holy See and Ecuador highlighted the “importance of dialogue in facing the fundamental challenges of society.” 

“Attention then turned to themes of mutual interest such as respect for indigenous populations and their culture, and the protection of the environment,”  the Press Office noted, adding that during the talks, “there was a fruitful exchange of views on the political and social situation of the region, focusing on the efforts made to favour development and to promote legality.”

16 December 2017, 14:55