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Italy's future discussed at anniversary of Lateran Pact

Vatican marks pact establishing sovereignty from Italy

18 February, 19:33
Italy's future discussed at anniversary of Lateran Pact (ANSA) - Rome, February 18 - Discussions about the many problems but also the great potential of Italy were held Tuesday as senior Vatican representatives met with Italian leaders for annual sessions marking the 85th anniversary of the Lateran Pacts.

"We talked mainly of the country, its problems, its various potentials," said Vatican Secretary of State Piero Parolin, following the annual bilateral meetings.

That included the social "fabric" of Italy, he added.

"There are many families, the young, the seniors who all make a fundamental contribution to the development of the life of the country," said Parolin, who is scheduled to be made a cardinal at a Vatican ceremony at the end of this week. He added that he hopes the incoming government of Premier-Designate Matteo Renzi can implement a reform program for the betterment of Italy, he added.

As if he felt optimistic about that, he replied: "A Christian must always be optimistic".

The Lateran Pacts of 1929 established the sovereign state of Vatican City and governs relations between Italy and the Holy See.