Costa Rica’s Chinchilla meets with Pope Benedict XVI
On Monday, President Laura Chinchilla met with the head of Catholic Church “in an atmosphere of cordiality, in which the pope expressed his admiration for the Costa Rican people and their values of peace as a constant factor of development, democracy and environmental protection,” the president said.
The president thanked Pope Benedict XVI for his support of the country after Hurricane Tomás in 2010, and also for “twice mentioning Costa Rica in his message ‘Urbi et Orbi‘” that year.
The pope and the president also discussed a bilateral agreement that seeks to improve relations between Costa Rica and Vatican City. Later, Chinchilla met with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone to discuss the details of the agreement.
Chinchilla is traveling in Europe through Thursday to promote cooperation between Central America and the EU and to attract investment.
You may be interested
Free press accuses Daniel Ortega’s dictatorship of wanting to impose a reign of silenceLa Prensa / Leonor Álvarez - September 17, 2018
On Saturday, Sept. 8, while reporters around the world were celebrating the International Day of Solidarity of Journalists, reporters, and…
This week in the Peace Corps: Teaching about language, leadership and lifeThe Tico Times - September 17, 2018
Many Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) here in Costa Rica spend a large chunk of their time in schools. PCVs lead…
General strike enters second week; Legislative Assembly starts discussing tax-reformThe Tico Times and AFP - September 17, 2018
Today marks one week since unions around Costa Rica called for an indefinite strike to protest a proposed tax-reform bill.…