The Republic of Equatorial Guinea celebrated the 49th Anniversary of National Independence, with a solemn mass celebrated by Juan Nsue Edjang Meye, Archbishop from the Archdiocese of Malabo.
The solemn mass began with the reading of the message of congratulations from Holy Father Francis, to the President of the Republic and Equatoguinean people.
The service was well attended by the people, and included the presence of the presidential couple, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and Constancia Mangue de Obiang, the Vice-President of the Republic, Charged with Defence and National Security, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, and the national political class and diplomatic corps in general.
The bishop offered prayers for brotherly love, common sense and the will to work for the good of our nation.
Following the readings, the celebrant focussed his homily on the meaning of the word homeland, and stressed values such as love and respect. Another emotional moment was the singing of the National Anthem.
The presidential couple were given an ovation at the entrance to the cathedral by the attending population.
After the mass, all the political, diplomatic and military authorities attended the People’s Palace, to take part in an official reception provided by the presidential couple.
Greetings and toasts marked the reception event, which was entertained by national artists.
Some guests wore various medals that the State had awarded them for their hard work towards the nation’s progress.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea