Vatican City, 25 November 2013 (VIS) – This morning Pope Francis received in audience Horacio Manuel Cartes Jara, president of the Republic of Paraguay, who subsequently went on to meet with Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States.

During the colloquial discussions, which emphasized the good existing bilateral relations between the Holy See and Paraguay, the Parties considered themes of common interest relevant to the situation of the Country and the Region, such as the fight against poverty and corruption, the promotion of the full development of the human person and respect for human rights. The role and contribution of the Church in society was also discussed, along with the collaboration of Paraguay with the Holy See at international level.