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Pope Francis received on Saturday Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar in the Apostolic Palace, where they attended the signing of an agreement between Vatican Apostolic Library and Qatar National Library.

The Holy See said in a statement that the meeting was "cordial in nature" and lasted for about 30 minutes.

Sheikha Moza, president of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, informed the Pontiff on her "many activities in the fields of educational and social development, at both national and international levels."

Sheikha Moza and Pope Francis attended the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Vatican Apostolic Library and the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development on behalf of the Qatar National Library.

"Among the 80,000 manuscripts of the Vatican Library, subject of the general digitalisation project underway since 2010, the Vatican Library holds manuscripts regarding the history, culture, heritage and science of Qatar, the Gulf and other Islamic regions. The Vatican Library and the Qatar National Library, along with the Qatar Foundation, share a mutual interest in making these manuscripts accessible to all in digital form for the development of research," the Vatican statement said.

According to the statement, a Committee has therefore been established to implement all aspects of the agreement concerning conservation, restoration, digitalization, description and accessibility of this group of manuscripts.