Wednesday, December 29, 2010

LIBERIA: PRESIDENT JOHNSON VISITS CATHOLIC SICK ARCHBISHOP

ALL AFRICA REPORT: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday, December 27th, visited the ailing Catholic Archbishop Michael Francis to extend season's greetings.

The President thanked officials and staff for the love, concern and care Bishop Francis continues to receive.

She expressed delight at the physical appearance of the Bishop, and prayed that God would continue to provide the care and protection for him.

In response, The Most Reverend Lewis Jerome Zeigler, Co-Adjutor Archbishop of Monrovia, thanked the President for the concern she has demonstrated toward Archbishop Francis since he became ill more than five years ago.

The Bishop expressed satisfaction that God continues to demonstrate his love and care for the ailing Archbishop Francis.


In a related development, in keeping with the Christmas spirit of sharing, the Liberian leader on Thursday, December 23rd, visited the J. F. Kennedy Medical Center and the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, where she shared toys, food items and Christmas pleasantries with the children and other patients.According to an Executive Mansion release, the visit is one of several the President has paid on the Archbishop since his illness.

The President thanked staff of the two hospitals for the care they are providing, and urged them to continue to remain committed.

Several orphanages and other centers have also received Christmas gifts from the President, including the Monrovia Central Prison.

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