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EU leaders urge Francis I to defend human dignity

Barroso and van Rompuy call on new pope to practice solidarity

EU leaders urge Francis I to defend human dignity

Brussels, March 13 - European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose' Manuel Barroso on Wednesday wished newly elected Pope Francis I ''a long and blessed pontificate'' in which he can ''defend and promote the fundamental values of peace, solidarity and human dignity''. ''We are sure that His Holiness will continue his predecessors' work with strength and determination, bringing peoples and religions closer to one another'', the EU leaders said in a joint statement.

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