Vatican City, 2 May 2014 (VIS) – Today in the Vatican Apostolic Palace the Holy Father Francis received in audience the president of the Republic of Angola, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who subsequently met with Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.
During the cordial discussions, the good relations between the Holy See and the Republic of Angola were evoked. In particular, mention was made of the planned bilateral Agreement regarding the legal state of the Catholic Church in the country. In this context, reference was also made to the important contribution offered by the Catholic Church to the country through its educational and healthcare institutions.
Finally, attention focused on various challenges relating to the Country and the Region, such as the fight against poverty and social inequality, the full development of the person, reconciliation, justice and peace, with particular attention to the different situations of conflict that affect the African Continent.