Zambian President has audience with Pope Francis

President Hakainde Hichilema of Zambia with Pope Francis

 VATICAN CITY -- Zambian President Haikainde Hichilema had a private audience with Pope Francis Saturday and discussed the economic and social situation in the southern economic country, as well as "the valued contribution of the Catholic Church in many sectors of society," the Vatican said.

  "In addition to highlighting the good relations between the Holy See and Zambia,  the issue of universal access to vaccines and treatment for Covid-19 was mentioned, as well as the possibility of proceeding with the study of the drafting of a bilateral agreement, as a
further sign of respectful cooperation," the Vatican said in a statement. "The talks continued with an exchange of views on the international and regional situation."
 The Zambian head of state visited Rome on his way to Brussels. In Vatican City he also met with the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin,  accompanied by Mons. Mirosław Wachowski, Under-Secretary for Relations with States, the Vatican said.