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Paraguay, hold your head high

· After Pope Francis' visit ·

When the President of the Republic of Paraguay, Horacio Manuel Cartes Jara, first visited Pope Francis on 25 November 2013, the Pontiff greeted our country with a short phrase: “Paraguay, hold your head high!”.

Our country was at the centre of the world's attention during the Pope's three-day visit fr, 10-12 July. Pope Francis knows well the current situation in Paraguay, our history and our people He chose us out of the 180 invitations he received from heads of state and episcopal conferences from around the world. And we responded our heads held high and our hearts open.

Paraguay is an emerging country in constant growth and we have a predominantly young population. We take a special interest in the Holy See, as it is the moral reference point on an international level and especially because most of the population of Paraguay is Catholic.

Ambassador Esteban Kriskovic

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