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Vatican Secretary of State will take part in April's Summit of the Americas

March 27, 2015

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Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, will attend the Summit of the Americas in April.

The meeting in Panama, the 7th in a series of summits, will be the first at which the Vatican is represented. Isabel De Saint Malo, Panama’s foreign secretary, told AP: “For the first time we have a Latin American Pope, so it’s a good opportunity for him to send a message.”

The participation of Cardinal Parolin is especially significant because he is the top-ranking official at the Vatican after the Pope himself. A veteran diplomat, Cardinal Parolin also has some expertise in inter-American affairs. He served as apostolic nuncio in Venezuela during a period of acute Church-state tensions there, from 2009 to 2013. More recently he served as a conduit for talks to re-open diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba.


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