This morning, Pope Francis received the Prime Minister of the Independent State of Samoa, His Excellency Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, in the Vatican.
According to a communique issued by the Holy See Press Office, the parties’ discussions were cordial, and focused on some aspects of the social and economic life of the country, as well as the valued contribution of the Catholic Church in various sectors of Samoan society, especially in the field of education.
The discussions were followed by an exchange of opinions on the international and regional situation, it also added, noting that special reference was made to the conference on climate change currently taking place in Paris, and the environmental problems that some Pacific island states must face.
The Prime Minister subsequently met with Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, accompanied by Under-Secretary for Relations with States, Msgr. Antoine Camilleri.