(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has received in audience the President of the Republic of Mozambique, Armando Emilio Guebeza.
The meeting, which took place on Thursday in the Apostolic Palace, focused on areas of common interest and on the contribution of the Catholic Church in the development of the Southern African nation.
A press release following the encounter described the exchange between the Pope and the President as cordial, highlighting the good relations that exist between the Holy See and the Republic of Mozambique.
In regards to the contribution of the Church to development, the two men spoke of Catholic involvement in healthcare and education, as well as the important role played by the Catholic Church in the promotion of peace and national reconciliation.
Furthermore regional challenges and issues such as disarmament and the fight against poverty and social inequality were discussed.
After meeting with Pope Francis, the President met with Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin who was accompanied by Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, Under-Secretary for the Holy See’s Relations with States.