Pope Francis Met with the President of the Republic of Burundi, Évariste Ndayishimiye, who Gifted the Pope Musical Instruments from the Country
The President of the Republic of Burundi, Évariste Ndayishimiye, was welcomed by Pope Francis on March 26th. Pope Francis met with the President of the Republic of Burundi, Mr. Évariste Ndayishimiye, at the Vatican's Apostolic Palace. They held private discussions, and following their meeting President Ndayishimiye went to meet with the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States.
The Holy See Press office noted:
This morning, the Holy Father Francis received in audience, in the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the President of the Republic of Burundi, His Excellency Mr. Évariste Ndayishimiye, who subsequently met with His Eminence Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by His Excellency Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States.
During the cordial discussions in the Secretariat of State, satisfaction was expressed for the good relations between the Holy See and Burundi, and for the contribution of the Catholic Church to the life of the country in various sectors of society.
During the customary exchange of gifts, Pope Francis gave the President an "Angel of Peace" bronze medallion and copies of the papal documents: "Message for the World Peace Day 2022," "Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together," and the Vatican Publishing House book featuring the "Statio Orbis of 27 March 2020." President Ndayishimiye gave Pope Francis traditional musical instruments of Burundi, and a certificate confirming contributions towards the building of a Church in Burundi. Edited from Vatican News - Picture Screenshot from Twitter - https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/it/bollettino/pubblico/2022/03/26/0217/00459.html