His Holiness Pope Francis on Monday received in audience within the Vatican, President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe’ of the Togolese Republic, the European country Press workplace aforesaid during a temporary statement. President Gnassingbe’ later met, residence Secretary of State, His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, His Grace Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher.

During the meetings, on Monday, 29th April, the Holy See and Togolese delegations discussed the Church’s contribution to Togo and the challenges facing West and Sub-Saharan Africa. The Vatican said that “during the cordial discussions, the good existing relations between the Holy See and Togo was evoked, as well as the prospects of their further consolidation.” Further, they focused on the current situation of the West African nation, ‘underlining the contribution of the Catholic Church to the integral development of the Togolese population, especially through her commitment in the fields of education and healthcare.”

They additionally mentioned some challenges specific to the countries of the West and geographic region, and showed the “need for joint efforts at regional and international level in favour of security, stability and peace.


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