Pope Francis receives President of Cameroon

2013-10-18 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received the President of Cameroon, Paul Biya, on Friday at the Vatican. Below, please find the full text of the statement released by the Press Office of the Holy See following the audience.


This morning in the Vatican Apostolic Palace the Holy Father Francis received in Audience
the President of the Republic of Cameroon, His Excellency Paul Biya, who then went on to meet
with Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States.
During the colloquial discussions, satisfaction was expressed for good existing bilateral
relations, further strengthened by the conclusion of negotiations for a framework Agreement on
the legal state of the Catholic Church in Cameroon, which will be signed forthwith. In this
regard, appreciation was expressed for the work of the Church in Cameroon society, especially
in the fields of education and healthcare, as well as for her contribution to promoting peace and
Finally, attention was turned to various challenges relating to sub-Saharan Africa,
emphasising Cameroon’s commitment to security and peace in the Region.