Pope Francis received President Paul Biya of the Republic of Cameroon during an audience today at the Vatican Apostolic Palace. The African Head of State also met with Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.
According to a communique released by the Holy See Press Office, the Holy Father and President Biya expressed their satisfaction on the conclusion of negotiations for a framework Agreement between the Holy See and Cameroon. The agreement gives legal status to the Catholic Church in Cameroon and “will be signed forthwith.”
“Appreciation was expressed for the work of the Church in Cameroon society, especially in the fields of education and healthcare, as well as for her contribution to promoting peace and reconciliation,” the communique stated.
Other areas of discussion were the various challenges faced by the Central African country, including their commitment “to security and peace in the region.