May 28, 2012. (Romereports.com)
At the Vatican, Benedict XVI received the President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla. President Chinchilla became the first female head of State for her country after her election in 2010.
During her meeting with the pope, they spoke about the country's
education, social and charitable institutions. They also discussed the
issue of abortion, which in Costa Rica is not legal. They remembered the
importance of protecting fundamental dignity of human beings from the
moment of conception.
President Chinchilla gave the pontiff a pair of engravings depicting the forests and wildlife of Costa Rica.
Afterward, she went on to meet with the Vatican Secretary of State,
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. She was accompanied by Costa Rica's
ambassador to the Holy See, Fernando Sánchez.