The Vatican Apostolic Nuncio to Zimbabwe, Archbishop Marek Zalewski has hailed the peaceful environment obtaining in the country, saying Zimbabweans are demonstrating political maturity and ability to deal with their internal issues.

The nuncio made the remarks when he paid a courtesy call on President Emmerson Mnangagwa at this evening.

Archbishop Zalewski was accompanied by Father Gabriele Pesce when he met Cde Mnangagwa at his Munhumutapa offices to bid him farewell after completing his 4-year tour of duty.

The Apostolic Nuncio, who presented his papers of credence on the 3rd of July 2014, said the change of government last November has ushered in hope and enthusiasm for the people of Zimbabwe and the political maturity and peace prevailing in the country must be commended.

He also condemned the recent assassination attempt on the country’s leadership at White City Stadium in Bulawayo, that killed two people and left 47 others injured.

The Nuncio noted the presence of international election observers, and indicated that Zimbabweans are mature enough to handle the process in a credible manner.

He also took the opportunity to invite Cde Mnangagwa to the Holy See to meet the Pope, adding that the Catholic Bishops will follow tradition and issue a letter before elections just as they do in every country that the Holy See has representation.

The Catholic Church is involved in various developmental programmes in the country, particularly in the education and health sectors.

From Zimbabwe, Archbishop Zalewski heads to Singapore to represent the Vatican.