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(CNN Spanish) -- Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva invited Pope Francis to visit the country. Both held a telephone conversation on Wednesday in which the president thanked the Supreme Pontiff for his "work for peace in Ukraine and the fight against poverty," the Presidency said in a statement.

According to the official note, the pope will analyze the invitation and the possibility of a visit. Both will have an audience at the Vatican "in June or July of this year."

On the war in Ukraine, the president mentioned his talks with other leaders in search of peace and lamented the escalation of the conflict in the region.

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In addition, the Presidency indicated that Lula also thanked the work of the Church in Brazil for the preservation of the Amazon, "against the forces that attack the jungle, and the mentions and solidarity of the pope with Brazil in recent years."

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