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President of Burkino Faso Visits Pope

Discussed Importance of National Reconciliation, Respect and Collaboration Between Various Religious Groups, and Theme of Young People and Employment

Pope Francis received today in audience, in the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré.

According to a statement released by the Holy See Press Office, the discussions were “cordial” and “the existing good relations between the Holy See and Burkina Faso were evoked.”

Special attention, it stated, was given to the important contribution the Church offers in the fields of education and healthcare.

“In this framework,” he said, “the hope was expressed that bilateral relations can be consolidated thanks also to the legal tools provided by international law. Attention then turned to the importance of national reconciliation, respect and collaboration between the various religious groups, and the theme of young people and employment.”

Finally, there was an exchange of views on some issues of international interest, with particular reference to the current challenges affecting the region.

The President subsequently met with Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, accompanied by His Excellency Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States.

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