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    Pope Francis (R) poses with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during a private audience in the pontiff's library on June 17, 2013 at the Vatican.

    Pope Francis Meets Maduro, Calls for Dialogue With Parliament

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    Pope Francis granted an audience to Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro late on Monday in Vatican and called on him to pursue the path of dialogue with the opposition parliament, the Holy See press office said.

    VATICAN (Sputnik) – Relations of Maduro and the parliament have been strained since the election of a new opposition-controlled parliament in January, as the opposition was not in favor of the current leader, in particular, considered the issue of Maduro's impeachment, as well as tried to introduce an amendment to reduce the term of the president from six to four years.

    "The meeting took place in the context of the worrying situation of political, economic and social crisis which the country is going through and which has had severe repercussions on the daily life of the entire population," the press office said.

    According to the press office, during the meeting Pope Francis urged Maduro to follow "the path of sincere and constructive dialogue" in order to ease the people’s suffering and to promote creating the renewed atmosphere of social cohesion.

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