Vatican City, Feb 5, 2017 / 19:18 pm
The Holy See and the Republic of the Congo on Friday signed a framework agreement to govern relations between the Catholic Church and the state.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Holy See's Secretary of State, signed the agreement with the Congolese Prime Minister Clement Mouamba.
The framework agreement guarantees the Catholic Church's right to carry out her mission in the Republic of the Congo. It recognizes the legal personality of the Church and of Catholic institutions.
It affirms that both the Church and the State aim to work for the moral, spiritual and material wellbeing of individuals and to promote the common good.