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Sri Lanka's president meets with Pontiff

June 08, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI met on June 8 with Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Their conversation was focused on efforts to promote reconciliation in the nation after its long civil war. A brief Vatican statement released after the meeting said: “The hope was expressed that a global joint solution may soon be found corresponding to the legitimate expectations of all the parties involved.”

The Pope and Rajapaksa also discussed the contributions of the Catholic Church to the welfare of the people of Sri Lanka, especially in the fields of health care, education, and social welfare.


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