Pope Francis meets with the President of Burkina Faso

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday received the President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, who subsequently met with the Cardinal Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, accompanied by Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, secretary for Relations with States.

A statement by the Holy See Press Office described the talks as “cordials,” and said the two men discussed “the existing good relations between the Holy See and Burkina Faso were evoked, underlining among other things the important contribution the Church offers in the fields of education and healthcare.”

The statement continued by saying that in this framework, “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.

(from Vatican Radio)

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