Dominican Republic's President Visits Pope

Discuss Church's Social Contributions to Country, Naturalization of Immigrants

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The Church’s social contributions to the Dominican Republic, especially in education, healthcare, and charity have been at the heart of discussions between the Pope and the country’s president.

This morning, Friday June 13, Pope Francis received in audience the president of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina Sanchez, in the Vatican apostolic palace.

According to a communique issued by the Holy See, during the discussions between the Pope and president, satisfaction was expressed for the good relations between the Dominican Republic and the Holy See, and emphasis was placed on the valuable social contribution the Church offers to the country, especially in the sectors of education, healthcare and charity.

Catholic Relief Services has been active in the region, working through Caritas Dominicana and secular civic organizations. An initiative with USAID has helped some 4,040 children on the street to receive quality care and support, according to the CRS website.

The conversation, the statement read, turned to various matters of national and regional interest, in particular the recent provisions intended to facilitate the process of naturalization of immigrants in the country.

The president subsequently met with Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by Archbishop Dominic Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States. (D.C.L.)