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Pope meets with president of Mozambique in the Vatican

2014-12-04

The president of Mozambique Armando Emilio Guebuza, met with Pope Francis for the first time in the Vatican

It's estimated that roughly 28 percent of the country's population is Catholic. During their brief meeting they talked about social inequality, poverty and disarmament. 

They also discussed the role the Church plays in promoting peace and reconciliation, especially in light of the country's violent past. Once Mozambique gained independence in 1975, it fell into a 15 year civil war. 

After introducing his team to the Pope, the president gave the Pope a gift. He gave him a colorful painting titled 'Thank you Mom,' which was done by artist André Macie. The Pope gave him a copy of his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium and also a medallion of San Martin of Tours. 

Mozambique is one of the world's poorest countries and it has one of the highest infant mortality rates. The Church runs a series of charities in the country, to help the needy. 


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