BUJUMBURA February 8th (ABP) – The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, Albert Shingiro, received on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, the Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See to Burundi, Mgr. Dieudonné Datonou, a check on the site by ABP has revealed.
The visit is part of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Burundi. The two persons in authority thus signed and issued a joint press release on the occasion of that celebration. According to the issued press release, the anniversary date of 60 years corresponds to the date of creation of the nunciature. For 60 years, the two parties have forged ties of paramount importance until they reach “the expression of esteem at the highest level”.
Those ties mentioned above are remarkable in terms of international cooperation in the areas of pastoral action of the Catholic Church in Burundi.
In that regard, the press release cites, among other things, social assistance, education and health. The two parties noting that “the results have proven to be particularly beneficial”, they reaffirmed their commitment to sharing “the same values of peace, fraternity, social justice and respect for human rights”.
The Holy See and Burundi have agreed, according to that press release, to build an ever better world, to “open new spaces for dialogue and institutional collaboration”. During the week, conferences and debates are planned to highlight the ties that have united the two parties since the independence of Burundi, the signing of agreements in specific sectors, initiatives in honor of Bishop Michael Courtney, former apostolic nuncio assassinated in 2003 in the Minago zone of Rumonge province, in the south of the country. The Burundian side and that of the Vatican represented by the Apostolic Nuncio to Burundi, have embarked on the path of seeking “a brighter future” for Burundi. The theme dedicated to the celebration of that 60th anniversary is: “60 years of value and shared vision”.