Japanese Prime Minister meets with Pope, discusses country’s economy


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Vatican City, Jul 7, 2009 / 10:49 am (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI met with Japan's Prime Minister, Taro Aso, in an audience on Tuesday morning. According to a press release from the Vatican, the two heads of state discussed the economic crisis in Japan as well as the Holy See's commitment to Africa.

The communiqué also noted that "At a bilateral level, attention turned to the good relations that exist between Japan and the Holy See, as well as to the understanding and co-operation between Church and State."

After his audience with the Pope, the Prime Minister met with Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.