Pope Francis received President Michel Martelly in private audience

Haitian President Michel Martelly's recent tour of Europe was timed to coincide with Cardinal Chibly Langlois'(Haiti's first cardinal) induction into the College of Cardinals. Martelly was granted an audience with Pope Francis after a presentation of the Haiti delegation was made to him. The delegates each received a blessing from Francis: Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Pierre-Richard Casimir; Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Haiti to the Holy See, Karl Henry Guiteau; Special Counsellor to the Presidency, Gregory Mayard-Paul; and President of the Senate, Simon Desras Dieuseul.


After the introductions, President Martelly and Pope Francis exchanged symbolic tributes. Martelly presented Francis a bronze dove of peace, and he in turn gave Martelly the Angel of Peace medal. He also gave him the Aparecida. As a courtesy gift for the First Lady he gave her the Gaudiam Evangelii.

Once past the formalities, the Pontiff received Martelly in a private conversation. They spoke for twenty minutes in Spanish, which both speak fluently. The Vatican issued a statement that said the talk ranged from the good the Holy See could do for Haiti, most notably social aid in education and health areas, to reconstruction efforts of rebuilding Haiti, to sincere conversations between government entities to resolve differences for the benefit of the Haitian people.

Martelly and his delegation continued their tour to Brussels to meet with King Philip; the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy; and the President of Wallonia, Rudy Demotte.

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