(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday received in audience in the Apostolic Palace Mr. Ebele Jonathan Goodluck, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Nigerian President subsequently met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States.
A statement from the Vatican Press Office said in the course of the talks, “emphasis was laid on the cordial relations existing between the Holy See and Nigeria, and appreciation was expressed for the positive contribution offered by the Church to the welfare of the entire country, especially in the areas of education and health care, as well as in promoting dialogue between the various components of society. Particular attention was given in the meeting to the protection of the dignity of the human person and his or her fundamental rights, beginning with religious freedom.”
The statement adds that “joint condemnation of every form of violence was renewed and hope was expressed for a rapid return to peaceful coexistence in the whole Country.”
Finally, an exchange of views took place regarding several issues of regional interest, with particular reference to the situations of crisis and conflict in central and sub-Saharan Africa.
Text from Vatican Radio website