On 8th December, the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, attended the mass of the Immaculate Conception, with the First lady, Constancia Mangue de Obiang, and the special guest for this commemoration of the patron of Equatorial Guinea 2018, the Central African President, H. E. Faustin Archange Touadera.
At the doors to the basilica, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the First Lady and the Central African President were received by the Nuncio from His Holiness Pope Francis for Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, Julio Murat; the Archbishop of Malabo, and the bishops of Mongomo, Bata and Ebebiyin.
The solemn mass of the Immaculate Conception was marked by the reading of a proclamation over the flag and the virgin, the solemn entrance of the national flag into the basilica, and the presentation of the poem dedicated to the virgin to mark the 50th jubilee.
Following these acts, the Equatoguinean President said a few words in the form of a prayer.
Monsignor Juan Nsue Edjang also dedicated various prayers to the Virgin Mary, and then all those present, including authorities from the upper and lower chambers, the judiciary, the Government, the diplomatic corps, representatives from international organisations, leaders from political groupings, the PDGE General Secretary, Jeronimo Osa Osa, together with provincial and district authorities, hundreds of priests and the faithful, sung the national anthem.
A group of girls also dedicated prayers to the patron of Equatorial Guinea, with poems and songs in honour of the virgin.
After the sacrament of communion, the Nuncio led congratulations for the Equatoguinean President for the construction of the Basilica dedicated to the patron, and concluded his speech with the presentation of a gift for the Head of State, in the form of a picture of St. Peter’s basilica in Rome, to mark the 31 years following the proclamation of the Immaculate Conception and patron of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
It was on 8th December when Pope John Paul II proclaimed the Immaculate Conception as patron, over three decades ago.
With the solemn mass over, the presidential couple gave a reception for those present.
At the end of the afternoon on 8th December, the leaders from Central African Republic and Equatorial Guinea made a trip to the country, specifically to an area of agriculture, livestock and fish farming.
H. E. Faustin Archange Touadera and H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo visited pools and floating cages dedicated to the rearing of fish.
Accompanied by some members of the Governments from Bangui and Malabo and the ambassadors from the two nations, members of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC), and the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC), H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and H. E. Archange Touadera also visited livestock rearing facilities.
The visit by the central African President comes within the framework of the strengthening of this of friendship, respect and solidarity which unite the Republic of Equatorial Guinea with the Central African people.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office