President of El Salvador meets with Holy Father, discusses social concerns

.- This morning Pope Benedict met with Elias Antonio Saca Gonzalez, president of the Republic of El Salvador discussing the countries struggles and commitment to further development.

According to a press release from the Holy See, their discussion “focused on various questions concerning internal issues and the current international situation noting, among other things, the country's commitment to promoting co-operation in the area of trade, to the struggle against organized crime, to the field of education and emigration, and to social promotion.”

Recently the country has been shaken by a wave of violence that erupted during election season.

"Finally,” the statement went on, “the good relations between Church and State were highlighted, and the hope expressed that they may grow stronger in order to favor spiritual progress, pacification and national development."

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