The Vatican reaches an agreement with São Tomé and Príncipe on the recognition of the Catholic Church


The Vatican has signed an agreement with the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe on the recognition of the Catholic Church and its ecclesiastical institutions as “juridical personality” in the African island country.

In a Tuesday, August 16 press release by the press office of the Holy See, the agreement reached on the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, celebrated on Monday, August 15, took place in the “meeting room” of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in São Tome.

In the press release, the leadership of the Holy See indicates that the agreement “drafted in Italian and Portuguese and composed of 28 articles will enter into force with the exchange of the instruments of ratification”.

“The agreement establishes the recognition of the legal personality of the Catholic Church and ecclesiastical institutions and defines the legal framework for relations between the Church and the State”, declares the leadership of the Holy See in the press release of the August 16.

Signed on August 15, the Vatican indicates that “the agreement further consolidates the ties of friendship and collaboration existing between the two parties, who, while safeguarding their own independence and autonomy, undertake to collaborate for the well-being spiritual and material of humanity”. person, therefore as regards the promotion of the common good.


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