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Samoan head of state meets with Pontiff

February 03, 2014

Pope Francis met on February 3 with Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, Samoa’s head of state, for a discussion that included Church-state relations and environmental protection, particularly in the Pacific region.

Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, was Samoa’s prime minister from 1976 through 1982, and was elected head of state in 2007. After his meeting with the Pontiff he also met with the Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti.


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