Today Pope Francis received in audience the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Joseph Kabila, who subsequently met with Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, secretary for Relations with States.
According to a statement from the Vatican, the two discussed “the good relations between the Holy See and the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” especially “the important contribution of the Catholic Church in the life of the nation, with its institutions in the educational, social and healthcare spheres, as well as in development and the reduction of poverty. In this context, mutual satisfaction was expressed for the signing of the framework Agreement between the Holy See and the State, which took place on 20 May this year.”
They also considered “the current political challenge and the recent clashes that have occurred in the capital. Emphasis was placed on the importance of collaboration between political actors and representatives of civil society and religious communities, in favour of the common good, through a respectful and inclusive dialogue for the stability of peace in the country.”
“Finally, the Parties focused on the persistent violence suffered by the population in the east of the country, and on the urgency of cooperation at national and international levels, in order to provide the necessary assistance and to re-establish civil co-existence.”