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Pope Francis with president of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse

The president of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, met with the Holy Father in the Apostolic Palace.

The two discussed the country's main social problems, especially poverty. Haiti has yet to recover from natural disasters like a 2010 earthquake or Hurrican Matthew in 2016. 

Social crisis is coupled with a political one. Jovenel Moïse was elected president in February 2017 following a year and a half of electoral chaos. 

Haiti was one of the countries mentioned by Donald Trump in his controversial statements on immigrants who arrive in the U.S. 

The president presented Pope Francis with this image. In addition to his three main documents, the pope also gave Moïse a medal with a message of hope – the desert will become a garden.

“This is my wish for your country.”

A reserved individual, 49-year-old Jovenel Moïse owned a fruit business before beginning his political career.