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Pope Francis meets with Jonathan Goodluck, president of Nigeria

Pope Francis welcomed Jonathan Goodluck, the president of Nigeria. The meeting was short, just 11 minutes, but warm. Goodluck thank the Pope for the Church's contributions to the country, especially in health care and education. The two leaders also talked about religious freedom, and they condemned all forms of violence. The two also spoke about their desire for a return to peaceful coexistence in the country. For over two years, Nigeria has been under constant attack from Boko Haram, a terrorist group linked to Al-Qaeda. They seek to impose Shar'ia Law in the northern half of the African country. Their attacks have claimed the lives of thousands of Christians and Muslims alike. As a gift, the Nigerian president gave the Pope an embroidered cloth, meanwhile Pope Francis gave him a bronze medallion. AFP/RCA CTV -FA -BN Up:RCA