Pope Meets President of Congo


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(24 May 10 - RV) On Monday Pope Benedict XVI received in audience the President of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou N'Guesso.

A communiqué from the Press Office of the Holy See says the Pope and the President held cordial talks that ranged over a number of topics, including the initiatives to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of independence of the country.

The press release goes on to say they focused on the common desire to strengthen the good relations already existing between the Holy See and the Republic of Congo, and highlighted the contribution of the Catholic Church in favour of integral human social development in the country.

They also considered the regional political and social situation, with particular attention to humanitarian issues, especially those involving refugees.