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Pope's meeting with Madagascar leader highlights relations

Catholic church's health and education support also discussed

Pope's meeting with Madagascar leader highlights relations

Vatican City, April 26 - Pope Francis' meeting with Madascar President Andry Nirina Rajoelina on Friday was focussed on discussing the cordial relations that currently exist between the Holy See and the African island nation, according to a statement released from the Vatican press office. The two leaders also discussed the efforts made by Madagascar to institute stability and democracy within its nation, as well as the attempts made to further promote economic development and the reconstruction of international diplomatic relations, the statement said. "The contributions being made by the local Catholic church in support of national dialogue, as well as its indispensable and wide-spread support of the Madagascar health and education sectors, were also highlighted," according to the press release. The head of state met with Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone following his appointment with the pontiff.

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