Photo: Casa Presidencial
This morning Pope Francis received Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla in a private audience.
During their twenty-minute visit the Pope and Chinchilla discussed various topics including the defense of life, protection of the environment and social issues. Particular attention was paid to the possibility of working towards a future agreement between the Vatican and Costa Rica to strengthen bilateral relations for the “good and the development of the country.”
The leaders met in the private library of the Apostolic Palace. During the meeting Chinchilla presented the world’s first Latin America pope with a papal stole designed by Costa Rican artisans.
Chinchilla also formally invited the Pontiff to come visit her country. The last time a pope visited Costa Rica was in 1983 when Pope John Paul II came to the predominantly Catholic country of 4.8 million people.
Abortion is considered a crime in the country and only allowed in order to save the life of the mother. They are not allowed even in cases of rape or incest.