Angola: Catholic Church to Invest in Education Sector

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Luanda — Italian Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, said on Wednesday in Luanda that the Catholic Church will continue to work with the education, culture and health sectors in Angola.

The prelate was speaking to the press at the end of the audience with the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, as part of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Episcopal Conference of Angola and São Tomé (CEAST), celebrated this year.

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For several decades, the Catholic Church has been a partner of the Executive in the creation of shared schools, contributing to the reduction of illiteracy rates.

To consolidate relations, a few months ago the signing of an agreement between the Catholic Church and the Angolan Government, which provides, among other measures, the recognition of the ownership of the real estate of that religious institution in the country, including schools and centers spread throughout the archdioceses and dioceses.

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In this regard, on 7 March, President João Lourenço set up an interministerial commission to deal with the negotiations on the Framework Agreement, which will be concluded with the Holy See.

During his stay in Angola, where he arrived Sunday (11), the Italian cardinal will meet with the clergy, laity and political authorities, as well as going to some ecclesiastical provinces. Fernando Filoni will remain in the country for ten days.

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