”YOU STOLE MY HEART”, PRESIDENT OF THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC DESCRIBES HIS VISIT TO THE PONTIFF Touadera met the Pope in the Vatican. "So much emotion, after Bergoglio's arrival the peace process began in my country"

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A meeting “with so much emotion”, this is how President of the Central African Republic Faustin Archenge Touadera defined his visit to Pope Francis, which took place this morning in the Vatican. “The Pope told me: you stole my heart.” Touadera chose to make his journey abroad in quality of president starting exactly from the Holy See, in order to “to thank the Pope on behalf of all our people.”

The peace process, he has reported, began precisely on November 29 last year, when Pope Francis went to Bangui to open the first Holy Door of the Jubilee. “It was a pivotal moment in the life of our country. There were difficult conditions as far as safety is concerned, there was division. The Pope showed much courage when he agreed to come under those circumstances to bring his message of peace and reconciliation. We could not – said the newly elected president of Central Africa – remain insensitive to this message.”

Toudera explained that the African country still “needs to work for peace”, hence “we still need the international force”, which supports local forces to guarantee security and peace. The press conference was held at the Community of Sant’Egidio and the president thanked what is called Rome’s UN for “its role of reconciliation in the world. It was very important and we need their experience in our difficult future, so as to reach a situation of peace and disarmament.”

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