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VATICAN, Holy See, October 18, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- This morning in the Vatican Apostolic Palace the Holy Father Francis received in audience the president of the Republic of Cameroon, Paul Biya, who then went on to meet with Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.

During the colloquial discussions, satisfaction was expressed for the good existing bilateral relations, further strengthened by the conclusion of negotiations for a framework Agreement on the legal status of the Catholic Church in Cameroon, which will be signed forthwith. In this regard, appreciation was expressed for the work of the Church in Cameroon society, especially in the fields of education and healthcare, as well as for her contribution to promoting peace and reconciliation.

Finally, attention turned to various challenges relating to sub-Saharan Africa, emphasising Cameroon's commitment to security and peace in the Region.