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Pope receives prime minister of Cape Verde

April 03, 2014

Pope Francis received Prime Minister José Maria Neves of Cape Verde in audience on April 3.

Located in the Atlantic off the coast of Africa, the island nation of 525,000, once a Portuguese colony, is largely Catholic.

The prime minister also met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, to formalize a diplomatic accord that was signed last year. According to the Holy See Press Office, the agreement “recognizes Sundays as days of rest and regulates various areas of common interest,” including “the protection of places of worship and celebrations; the civil effects of canonical marriage and the ecclesiastical judgments in this regard; [and] guarantees of Catholic institutions of instruction and education.”


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