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Liberia's president meets with Pope

Catholic World News - April 07, 2014

Pope Francis received President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia in audience on April 5.

The West African nation of 4.0 million, founded by freed US slaves, is 78% Protestant, 8% Catholic, and 12% Muslim.

During the discussion with the Pope and a subsequent meeting with the Vatican's Secretary of State and Secretary for Relations with States, “satisfaction was expressed regarding the positive progress made in strengthening the country’s democratic structures,” according to a statement from the Holy See Press Office.

“Particular appreciation was shown for the Church’s commitment to peace and national reconciliation, as well as her important contribution in the fields of social welfare and education,” the statement continued. In addition, “there was an exchange of views on the current international and regional situation, with special reference to areas of crisis.”

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