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Pope invited to address parliament

PARLIAMENTARY speaker Pavol Hrušovský met with Pope John Paul II for 45 minutes in the Vatican on March 29. Hrušovský invited the Pope to address the Slovak parliament during his planned visit to Slovakia in autumn.

The talks also touched on Slovakia's expected membership in the EU, slated for 2004. Hrušovský, who is also the leader of the coalition Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), highlighted KDH activities in this field.

The Slovak parliament has delegated its representatives in the EU Convention to support the proposal for the inclusion of God and Christian values in the preamble of the future European constitution.

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