Pope Francis Congratulates President Akufo-Addo
Pope Francis has congratulated President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on his assumption of the high office of president of Ghana.
In a message delivered to the president by the Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana Archbishop Jean-Marie Speich in Accra, Pope Francis indicated he had decided to send an envoy from The Vatican for Ghana’s 60th Independence celebration.
This decision by Pope Francis, according to Archbishop Jean-Marie Speich, was the first time in 40 years since a delegation was sent by the Pope to witness Ghana’s Independence Day celebration.
This, according to the Papal Nuncio, is indicative of the high regard Pope Francis has for President Akufo-Addo, Ghana and her democratic credentials.
Archbishop Jean-Marie Speich said this on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, when he paid a courtesy call on the President.
He also urged President Akufo-Addo to announce the name of a new Ambassador from Ghana to The Vatican, as there isn’t one at the moment.
President Akufo-Addo, for his part, thanked Pope Francis for his message, and expressed his deepest respects and appreciation for the immense work being done by Pope Francis, especially for the year.
He also commended the Catholic Church for the invaluable support to Ghana, in the areas of education, health and the provision of social services to the citizenry, over the years, particularly through the Catholic Relief Services.
President Akufo-Addo assured Archbishop Jean-Marie Speich that, in the tenure of his Presidency, he will deepen further the relations between Ghana and The Vatican, to the mutual benefit of its citizens.