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Monday, December 9, 2013

THE POPE RECEIVES THE PRESIDENT OF THE CONGO: SPECIAL ATTENTION TO REFUGEES AND REGIONAL SECURITY


Vatican City, 8 December 2013 (VIS) – This morning in the Vatican Apostolic Palace the Holy Father received in audience the president of the Republic of the Congo, Denis Sassou N'Guesso, who subsequently went on to meet with Archbishop Pietro Parolin, secretary of State.

During the cordial discussions, the Parties focused on the positive contribution made by the Catholic Church in Congolese society, in particular in the fields of welfare and education. Mention was made of the good existing relations between the Holy See and the Republic of Congo, and various themes of common interest were considered, renewing intentions to strengthen further bilateral collaboration.

Finally, the focus turned to several questions of interest to Central Africa, including various situations of a humanitarian nature, with particular attention to assistance for refugees, as well as the problem of security in the Region, also in relation to the growth of tensions due to fundamentalism.


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