President Sirleaf Joins Catholics in Honoring Bishop Francis

Tuesday, 19th December 2006
Apostolic Administrator of the Monrovia Diocese, Rev. Father Andrew Karnley meets President Sirleaf upon arrival at the Thanksgiving Mass.
Apostolic Administrator of the Monrovia Diocese, Rev. Father Andrew Karnley meets President Sirleaf upon arrival at the Thanksgiving Mass.
Photo Credit: Adama B. Thompson, Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed gratitude to the Catholic Church and His Grace Archbishop, Michael Kpakala Francis, for the numerous contributions the church has made toward the growth and development of Liberia.

The President acknowledged the positive impact Bishop Francis has made on the lives of the Liberian people and Nation. The President urged Liberians to emulate the good examples of the Catholic Prelate by reaching out to others, in an effort to making Liberia a better place to live.

The Liberian Leader paid home to Bishop Francis for the care and concern he has shown for the wellbeing of the Liberian people and State and expressed the hope that God would continue to bless the Bishop.

President Johnson Sirleaf made the statement on Tuesday, at the sacred Heart Cathedral on Broad Street, during a Thanksgiving Mass, commemorating the 30th Anniversary Episcopal Ordination of the Catholic Archbishop, described by the President during her inaugural address as the ďConscience of the Society.Ē

Welcoming the President earlier, the Apostolic Administrator of the Monrovia Diocese, Rev. Father, Andrew Karnley, lauded the President for her presence, describing the honor as a demonstration of the respect and great admiration the President has for the Catholic Church.

Rev. Karnley said the Church would continue to work with government in addressing issues in the best interest of the Liberian people. The Rev. Father Karnley also assured the President of the Catholic Churchís continued prayers. He noted that the expectations of the people are high and admonished Liberians to contribute toward the development of their country, adding that the development of a Nation is the responsibility of all of its citizens.

The Catholic Prelate praised President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for the number of achievements her government has made in the relative short period of time time, especially in the restoration of the Rule of law, Accountability, Social Services, amongst others.

The Occasion was attended by a cross section of the religious community including Retired Methodist Bishop, Arthur Kulah; Islamic Cleric, Sheik Kafumba Konneh, as well as Catholics from other Parishes in and around Monrovia and its environs.