Strengthening of Church-State relations in Equatorial Guinea

The consecration of three new bishops and the creation of two new dioceses in our country demonstrates a strengthening of the good Church-State relations in Equatorial Guinea, while they are the fruit of the “Agreement between the Holy See and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea”, signed in Mongomo, in October 2012.

The President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, went to Vatican City in October 2013 and, in addition to being received by the Holy Father, signed the ratification instrument for the agreement which, among other things, recognised the legal personality of the church and its institutions.

Taking into account that Equatorial Guinea is a mainly Catholic country, the Catholic Church makes a positive contribution towards the human, social and cultural development of the nation, in particular in the area of education and care, in addition to working with the State in order to improve the living standards of the population.

Today, four bishops and an archbishop put the Equatorial Guinea Episcopal Conference in its corresponding place within the Christian family, the result of the agreement that also recognises the “great work carried out by the Catholic Church in the service of Equatorial Guinea”.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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