President George Weah has acknowledged the meaningful role the Catholic Church continues to play over the years in Liberia, an Executive Mansion release has said.
According to the release, President Weah made the acknowledgement shortly after he received Letters of Credence from the Vatican Envoy to Liberia, Ambassador Reverend Monsignor Dagoberto Campos Salas, on Monday, December 10, 2018, in Monrovia.
President Weah specifically pointed to the Vatican’s continued prayers for peace and prosperity on behalf of Liberia, which he said have led to stability and national harmony.
While receiving the Letters of Credence from Amb. Salas, the President thanked the Vatican for the good job it has done in Liberia.
Weah recalled how the Vatican, through the Catholic Church, has been standing with Liberia since the days of the late Archbishop Michael Kpakala Francis.
He told Amb. Salas that Liberia still needs prayers to be able to overcome challenges facing the nation and its people, “because I have had longstanding relationship and a strong belief in the Roman Pontiff whom I still cherish.”
The President recalled the intervention of late Pope John Paul II when AC Milan, the team he played for in Italy, was struggling in the league. “So we believe in the Pope. And I still hold onto that. Even now in Liberia, with the help of the Vatican, we will be able to overcome our challenges,” he said.
The President said there was a strong need for Liberia and the Vatican to work toward strengthening the longstanding relationship they share.
Amb. Salas (Apostolic Nuncio) said he was glad to be in Liberia and to present his Letter of Credence to the President on behalf of the Vatican.
He thanked President Weah for his ascendancy to the highest office of the land and for ably steering the affairs of the state since he took over the country.
Amb. Salas also extolled the exceptional relationship between Liberia and Vatican through the Catholic Church, and noted government’s continued support to the Church.
He expressed the hope that relations will blossom during his time as Ambassador of the Vatican to Liberia.