VATICAN: Pope Meets Togo President, Calls for Peace and Security

VATICAN CITY JANUARY 29, 2016(CISA)-Pope Francis on January 28 met the president of the Republic of Togo, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé

During the meeting, reported Vatican Information Service, Pope Francis acknowledged the good existing relations between the Holy See and Togo, and the prospects for their further consolidation and stressed on “the need for joint commitment to the promotion of security and peace in the region.”

President Gnassingbé lauded the contribution of the Catholic Church to the development of the country and the integral progress of the Togolese population, especially in the field of education.

During the meeting, Pope Francis gave the President copies of the Encyclical Laudato si’ and the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium.

President Gnassingbé gave the Holy Father a framed work of abstract art, created by an artist of Togo.

Later, the Togolese President met with Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, secretary for Relations with States.

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