President Obiang Attends John XXIII and John Paul II Canonizations

Apr 29, 2014, 10:14 ET from Republic of Equatorial Guinea

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea attended the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II in the Vatican last week and met with Pope Francis.

The President of Equatorial Guinea was one of the 24 heads of state, who attended the canonization, along with prime ministers and other senior representatives of countries and international institutions. There were more than ninety official delegations.

He was accompanied by Constancia Mangue de Obiang, the First Lady of Equatorial Guinea. Approximately one million people attended the ceremony.

Last year, President Obiang met with Pope Francis at the Vatican and exchanged with Vatican officials the instruments of ratification of an agreement with the Holy See on relations between the Catholic Church and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. The agreement confirmed the good bilateral relations between the two states, recognized the legal personality of the church and its institutions, and covered canonical marriage, places of worship, educational institutions, and spiritual assistance to the Catholic faithful in hospitals and prisons.

About Equatorial Guinea
The Republic of Equatorial Guinea (República de Guinea Ecuatorial) is the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa, and one of the smallest nations on the continent. In the late-1990s, American companies helped discover the country's oil and natural gas resources, which only within the last five years began contributing to the global energy supply. ="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Equatorial Guinea is now working to serve as a pillar of stability and security in its region of West Central Africa. The country hosted the 2011 Summit of the African Union. For more information, visit

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