Benedict XVI Receives Seychelles President

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 25, 2010 ( Benedict XVI received in audience today James Alix Michel, the president of Seychelles, the Vatican reported.

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A communiqué reported that the two «expressed their contentment at the cordiality of bilateral relations,» and that they «exchanged opinions on questions of mutual interest.»

«In this context,» the statement continued, «attention focused particularly on commitment and collaboration for the promotion of human dignity, especially in fields of great social importance such as the family, education of the young and protection of the environment.»

The president subsequently went on to meet with the Pope’s secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who was accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for relations with states.

Seychelles is an island country spanning an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, to the northeast of Madagascar.

It has a population of 87,500 inhabitants, of which more than 82% are Catholic.

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