Pope hosts Rwandan president
Rwandan President Paul Kagame has held talks with the head of the Catholic Church in the world, Pope Francis, at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican City.
A Rwanda government press release said the two discussed several aspects of the relationship between Kigali and the Holy See.
"The President commended the church’s contributions to Rwanda’s socio-economic development, particularly in the education and health sectors," read the press release.
Spirit of openness
President Kagame is accompanied by Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo.
"Today’s meeting was characterised by a spirit of openness and mutual respect,'' the press release quoted Ms Mushikiwabo saying.
"It is a positive step forward in the relationship between Rwanda and the Holy See, based on a frank and shared understanding of Rwanda’s history and the imperative to combat genocide ideology.
"It allows us to build a stronger base for restoring harmony between Rwandans and the Catholic Church."
Rwanda has made remarkable recovery and progress since it suffered a devastating genocide in 1994.
The genocide targeting Tutsi and moderate Hutus, claimed an estimated one million lives.