This morning, Pope Francis received Andry Nirina Rajoelina, president of the High Transitional Authority of Madagascar, in audience at the Vatican Apostolic Palace. Shortly after, President Rajoelina met with Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.
The talks, which according to a Vatican communique were “cordial”, the head of state and the Holy Father spoke on the good relations that exist between the Holy See and Madagascar as well as several aspects of the country’s situation. Also discussed were “Madagascar’s efforts in the quest for stability and democracy, greater economic development, and reconstruction of international relations.”
“The Malagasy Church’s significant contribution in supporting national dialogue and its indispensable capillary commitment in the areas of health and education were highlighted,” the communique stated.