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Peter Mutharika commends Roman Catholic Church

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Malawi President Peter Mutharika has extended his gratitude to Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church for the help rendered to the country through the church’s humanitarian and emergency relief aid during the floods that affected 15 districts.

Mutharika commended the gesture, saying government needed such complimentary efforts to reach out to the people in good time.

Speaking Wednesday during a meeting with the Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Mutharika said his government realises the important role the Roman Catholic Church plays in the socioeconomic development of the country.

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“The Catholic Church has a long history of complementing democracy and meeting the social needs of the people by providing affordable education and health services,” he said.

Mutharika further acknowledged the role the church plays in the good governance of the country, saying it complements the common mission that the church and state have of supporting the people.

“We are indeed proud that one of the pillars of our democracy is freedom of religion and worship and for 49 years the Holy See has maintained diplomatic relations and has provided governance advice,” said Mutharika.

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In his remarks, Gallagher said most countries, including Malawi, are facing many challenges and the Holy See will continue to offer its support to the country.

“The disasters, which most countries are going through, are worrisome and the Catholic Church will continue to work with the country for the good of the people,” he said.

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