Pope Meets With President Michel Joseph Martelly of Haiti

Reconstruction Efforts Among Topics Discussed

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VATICAN CITY, NOV. 23, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Pope Benedict XVI received in audience Michel Joseph Martelly, president of the Republic of Haiti at the Vatican Apostolic Palace yesterday. Shortly after, President Martelly met with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.

In a communique released by the Holy See, the discussions took place in a cordial atmosphere while emphasizing on the good relations that exist between the Holy See and the Republic of Haiti.

"Particular attention was given to the special contribution offered by the Church through her educational, social and charitable institutions, especially following the earthquake that affected the population of Haiti and in the subsequent reconstruction," the statement read.

The meeting concluded with discussions that emphasized the "importance of continuing collaboration for the harmonious development of Haitian society."