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Pope meets with president of Mozambique in the Vatican

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 Andre 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. ; JRB/KLH ; CTV SV -BN Up: MPI #Pope