(Vatican Radio) On the morning of Saturday, June 1, the Pope Francis received in audience
Mr José Alberto Mujica Cordano, President of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay. The
president subsequently met with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Secretary of State,
accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States.
cordial discussions provided an opportunity for an exchange of information and reflections
on the socio-political situation of the country and its role in the region. In this
perspective issues of common interest were discussed, including the integral development
of the person, and respect for human rights, justice, and social peace. The discussions
also touched upon the contributions made by the Catholic Church in the public debate
on these issues, and its contributions to international peace, as well as its service
to the whole society, especially in the areas education and charity.