Loading
Pope discusses protecting life with president of Guatemala
President Alvaro Colom Caballeros greets Pope Benedict in the Papal Library.
President Alvaro Colom Caballeros greets Pope Benedict in the Papal Library.

.- The Pope was smiling and looked rested during his audience with the President of Guatemala, Alvaro Colom Caballeros, on Friday morning. The discussions centered on regional issues, including the sancity of life.

The Vatican said that the president's conversation with the Holy Father, and later Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone and secretary for the Secretariat of State Archbishop Dominque Mamberti, was highlighted by comments on the "good relations" the Church enjoys with the State in Guatemala and the contribution of the Church to the nation's development.

They also exchanged perspectives on international issues, with the challenges posed by poverty, organized crime and emigration being of particular interest.

Additionally, the importance of promoting life from conception until death and of education were touched on during the discussions.

Following the private, 20-minute long visit with the Pope, the two leaders exchanged gifts. The Pope gave President Colom Caballeros a gold medal of his pontificate, while he received two jade figures, one an eight-inch tall Mayan pyramid of the jaguar and the other a figure from Mayan mythology created in northern Guatemala.

The president was accompanied by his Minister of Foreign Affairs as well as secretaries from his staff during his visit with the Holy Father in the Papal Library.

The meeting took place just after the third and final Lenten meditation offered by Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa in the Redemptoris Mater chapel.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
20

Liturgical Calendar

April 20, 2014

EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 24:13-35

Gospel
Date
04/20/14
04/19/14
04/18/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Acts 10:34a, 37-43
Second Reading:: Col 3:1-4
Gospel:: Jn 20:1-9

Homily of the Day

Lk 24:13-35

Homily
Date
04/20/14
04/19/14
04/18/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: