Vatican City, 1 June 2013 (VIS) – This morning the Holy Father Francis received in audience His excellency Mr. Jose Alberto Mujica Cordano, president of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, who then went on to meet with the Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, S.D.B., accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.

The cordial discussions allowed an exchange of information and reflection upon the country's socio-political situation and its role within the region. In this context, issues of common interest were treated, including the total development of the person, the respect of human rights, justice, and social peace. The Catholic Church's contribution in the public debate on these issues was not overlooked, as well as her service in all areas of society, particularly in the areas of welfare and education.

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