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Kerry visits the Vatican

US secretary of state John Kerry has made a diplomatic visit to Vatican City, meeting secretary of state archbishop Pietro Parolin among other dignitaries and officials. The counterparts discussed topics including Syria, the peace negotiations between Palestine and Israel, Sudan, and healthcare.

Kerry visits the Vatican
US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) speaks with Vatican Secretary of State, archbishop Pietro Parolin (L) prior to their meeting at the Apostolic palace in the Vatican, on January 14, 2014. (AFP/Getty Images)
Kerry visits the Vatican
US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) visits a section of the Vatican apostolic palace with the chief of Protocol Msgr. Jose Avelino Bettencourt after a meeting with Vatican Secretary of State, on January 14, 2014. (AFP/Getty Images)
Kerry visits the Vatican
US Secretary of State John Kerry (2ndL) shakes hands with Vatican chief of Protocol Msgr. Jose Avelino Bettencourt (C) as US Ambassador to the Vatican Ken Francis Hackett looks on as he leaves following a meeting with Vatican Secretary of State, on January 14, 2014. (AFP/Getty Images)
Kerry visits the Vatican
US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) visits a section of the Vatican apostolic palace with the chief of Protocol Msgr. Jose Avelino Bettencourt after a meeting with Vatican Secretary of State, on January 14, 2014. (AFP/Getty Images)
Kerry visits the Vatican
US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) speaks with Vatican Secretary of State, archbishop Pietro Parolin, prior to their meeting at the Apostolic palace in the Vatican, on January 14, 2014. (AFP/Getty Images)
Kerry visits the Vatican
US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) speaks with Vatican Secretary of State, archbishop Pietro Parolin (R) during a meeting at the Apostolic palace in the Vatican, on January 14, 2014. (AFP/Getty Images)
Kerry visits the Vatican
A member of the Swiss Guard unlocks the door to the Sistine Chapel, on January 14, 2014. (AFP/Getty Images)