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BRITISH PRIME MINSTER RECEIVED BY POPE

VATICAN CITY, JUN 3, 2006 (VIS) - Given below is the text of a declaration released today by Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls, following the Holy Father's audience this morning with Tony Blair, prime minister of Great Britain:

"The principal subject of the cordial meeting was the role of religion in politics and society. Particular attention was given to the contribution that the shared values of religions can make to dialogue, especially with moderate Islam, and above all in the areas of solidarity and peace.

"The discussion also considered Africa, highlighting the need for the international community to use all means to favor and support peaceful coexistence and development in that continent.

"Finally, the decisive progress in the peace process in Northern Ireland was recognized."



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