Pope Receives Prime Minister of Mozambique

Discuss Church-State Collaboration and Initiatives

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Pope Francis received today in audience Prime Minister Alberto Clementino Vaquina of the Mozambique.

The Vatican press office confirmed after the encounter that the talks were "cordial" and that “the Prime Minister repeated to the Holy Father the congratulations of the people of Mozambique on his election as Pope.”

The communiqué added that the two expressed their satisfaction  "with the good relations existing between the Holy See and Mozambique, which have been further strengthened by the bilateral agreement between the two, which were signed on December 7 2011 and were ratified last year."

“In particular, the Catholic Church's positive contribution to the peace and development of the country, especially through her initiatives in education and charitable assistance, was highlighted,” the communique stated.

Clementino Vaquina, also met with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Pope's secretary of state, who was accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Vatican secretary for relations with states.