Pope Receives Leader of Solomon Islands


CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, JULY 3, 2008 ( The Vatican is appreciative of the efforts of the government of the Solomon Islands to ensure its nation will be represented at World Youth Day this month.

Benedict XVI received in audience today the governor general of the nation, Nathaniel Rahumaea Waena, reported a Vatican communiqué. The meeting took place at Castel Gandolfo.

The leader also met with Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for relations with states.

The statement read: "In the course of the cordial meeting, discussions focused on the current political and social situation of the country, and on the significant contribution of the Catholic Church, especially in the fields of education, healthcare and human promotion.

"In the name of the Holy See, the secretary for relations with states thanked the governor general and the authorities of the Solomon Islands for their generous outreach to young people who wish to participate in the forthcoming celebration of World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, recognizing the formative importance of the event."