VATICAN: Pope Francis Meets President of Ghana
ACCRA, NOVEMBER, 11, 2014(CISA)– Pope Francis has lauded Ghana as a success story for Africa, recognizing the country’s peace, democratic governance.
Pope Francis also recognized the new image President John Mahama is building for the African Continent when the two met and held discussions in Vatican.
This was the first meeting between the two leaders, and it followed Ghana’s appointment in 2013 of its first ambassador to the Holy See, Vatican Radio Reported.
The pontiff received President Mahama, in an audience on November 10. The President subsequently met with the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States.
During the cordial discussions, the Parties noted the good relations between the Holy See and Ghana and underlined the positive contribution offered by the Catholic Church in the social, educational and healthcare spheres, as well as in relation to the promotion of dialogue between the different members of society and the promotion of the good of the family.
The discussions also tackled current issues of an international nature, and in particular the serious humanitarian crisis caused by the recent epidemic of the Ebola virus in West Africa.
President Mahama also met with the Secretary of State of the Vatican and Cardinal, Peter Appiah Turkson and was accompanied by his wife, Lordina Mahama, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon Hanna S. Tetteh, and representatives of the Ghanaian Catholic Community.
Ghana has a large number of Catholics and benefits from humanitarian and benevolent activities of the church.
The church has established numerous educational and healthcare institutions, and also skills development programmes to benefit especially the poor.