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A delegation of leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, led by Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, was received at the government house on Friday afternoon, August 27, by the Vice President of the Dominican Republic, Raquel Peña. This constitutes the first official visit of Church leaders to the Executive Branch under the administration of President Luis Abinader, whose term began on August 16, 2020.

The purpose of the meeting was to present a report on the humanitarian projects carried out by the Church in the country in recent years and to explore ways to continue and expand cooperation between the Church and the Dominican State under this new administration.

“It is a great honor to have you here with us, because we know the work of The Church of Jesus Christ in the country very well, especially in terms of its welfare assistance and its commendable work in favor of families and youth,” said Raquel Peña, who also heads the Social Cabinet of the Dominican government and the Family Cabinet.

“The government presided over by Mr. Luis Abinader is committed to making the aid of generous entities like you transparently reach those who really need it.  The Church of Jesus Christ is a strategic ally with whom we see great possibilities of cooperating for the good of the most vulnerable population in the country,” added the vice president, who was just returning from social work in the south of the country, where the Church also has a strong presence and membership.

“Among our priorities is working to improve the health services provided to the Dominican people, especially in the midst of a pandemic from which we are gradually emerging, and whose management has not been easy.  Thank God and the good measures taken by the government, as of today we have reached almost eleven million doses in the country and a significant percentage of the population has received first, second, and even third booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccines,” said the vice president

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