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Thursday, September 12, 2013

THE POPE RECEIVES THE PRIME MINISTER OF THAILAND: INTERCULTURAL AND INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE IN DEFENCE OF HUMAN RIGHTS


Vatican City, 12 September 2013 (VIS) – This morning in the Vatican Apostolic Palace the Holy Father Francis received in audience the Prime Minister of Thailand, Her Excellency Mrs Yingluck Shinawatra. The Head of Government then went on to meet with Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, S.D.B., who was accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.

The colloquial discussions made reference to the good relations between Thailand and the Holy See, as well as the mutual understanding and co-operation between the Church and the State, especially in the fields of education and social welfare.

The Parties went on to discuss various matters of current international interest and the political situation in Asia, focusing in particular on the importance of intercultural and interreligious dialogue for the promotion of human rights, peace and justice throughout the region.

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