President Sirleaf Receives Letters of Credence from New Apostolic Nuncio, H.E. Miroslaw Adamczyk

Thursday, 4th July 2013
H.E. Miroslaw Adamczyk presents his Letters of Credence to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on July 4, 2013.JPG
H.E. Miroslaw Adamczyk presents his Letters of Credence to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on July 4, 2013.JPG
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Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has received the Letters of Credence from His Excellency Miroslaw Adamczyk, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (Apostolic Nuncio) of the Holy See to Liberia.

Receiving his Letters of Credence in the Cabinet Room on Thursday, July 4, President Sirleaf welcomed H.E. Adamczyk to Liberia and acknowledged with deep gratitude the greetings and best wishes conveyed to her from His Holiness Pope Francis. In return, she conveyed cordial greetings, and assured His Holiness of her continued support for Liberia’s partnership with the Holy See.

Presenting his Letters of Credence, the new Apostolic Nuncio extolled the diplomatic relations which have happily existed between Liberia and the Holy See, reiterating that they are signs of the mutual desire for both countries to work for the advancement of the human person and society. “Our mutual relations are a sign of a dialogue which has, at heart, the integral spiritual and material good of each man and woman.”

He noted that the Catholic Church is dedicated to fostering the dignity of human beings, not as an abstract reality, but in concrete terms, noting that there are many areas of necessary collaboration between the Church and State. “Madam President, the Catholic Church in Liberia, in the measure of its possibilities, looks to contribute in the area of education and health.”

According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader extolled the long-standing, cordial and excellent relations between the Holy See and Liberia, established since 1927. “Since that time,” she said, “we have forged deeper bonds of friendship based upon mutual respect for and shared belief in, and dedication to, fostering the dignity of the human person and society as a whole.” The bonds of friendship between the Holy See and Liberia date back to 1841 – when Liberia was still a Commonwealth – and Catholic missionaries from the United States sailed to Africa and, upon their safe arrival in Liberia, said the first mass at Cape Palmas on February 10, 1842.

President Sirleaf indicated that the establishment of an Embassy of the Holy See in Monrovia in 1951 was a further consolidation of friendly ties, especially with the oldest Republic in Africa accommodating the oldest Apostolic Nunciature on the African continent.

The Liberian leader recounted the years of the civil war and, since its cessation, the significant improvements the country has made. She credited some of the achievements to the well-meaning friendship and cooperation Liberia enjoys with the Holy See, especially in the health and education sectors. “For example, the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital stands as one of the foremost health facilities in Liberia, and Catholic-run high schools and colleges continue to play a significant role in molding the minds of Liberia’s future generations.”

President Sirleaf expressed deep appreciation for the positive role of the Holy See and the Church during the civil crisis. She recalled the humane and life-saving undertakings of the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and other Catholic charities in the provision of vital food items, shelter and child protection for the thousands of Liberians displaced and physically scarred by the civil war. “Without a number of these crucial humanitarian services, many more of our citizens would have been lost to the conflict,” she said, adding, “For this we are infinitely grateful.”

The Liberian leader was equally grateful for the Church’s dedication to the spiritual well-being of the Liberian nation and people, and for its continuing efforts, through evangelism and charity, to care both for the spiritual and physical needs of her compatriots.

She used the occasion to again express deepest regrets and condolences for the death of Archbishop Emeritus of the Catholic Church in Liberia, Rev. Father Michael Kpakala Francis. “It is not often that a life comes along upon which a generation and an entire nation pin their hopes and aspirations,” the Liberian leader stressed, stating further, “The Most Reverend Michael Kpakala Francis was one such exceptional life who gave hope to the hopeless, succor to the suffering, courage to the faint-heart and voice to the voiceless.”

She observed that with Ambassador Adamczyk’s appointment, Liberia is assured of the Vatican’s continued effort towards more positive and vibrant relations. She solicited the Holy See’s support to Liberia’s core national agenda, which includes, amongst others, reconciliation, reconstruction of the country, and the building of a society in which the country’s resources can be effectively and efficiently managed to derive maximum benefits for the Liberian people. President Sirleaf assured the Apostolic Nuncio of Liberia’s fullest support to him in fulfilling his mission in Liberia.

His Excellency, Most Rev. Miroslaw Adamczyk, was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Liberia, Sierra Leone and The Gambia by Holy Father Benedict XVI on February 22, 2013, at the same time raising him to the dignity of an Archbishop, with the titular See of Otriculum. He was ordained Bishop on April 27, 2013.

Born in Gdansk, Poland, on July 16, 1962, Most Rev. Adamczyk was ordained Priest on May 16, 1987. Since entering the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1993, he has served in the Apostolic Nunciatures of Madagascar, India, Hungary, Belgium, South Africa, and Venezuela.