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The Ambassador of Ghana's discourse to the Holy Father

Your Holiness,

I have the honour and privilege to present to you the Letters by which His Exellency, Professor John Evans Atta-Mills, President of the Republic of Ghana accredits me as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to The Holy See. I also have the honour to present the letters of Recall of my predecessor.

I bring to Your Holiness, warm greetings and best wishes from the president, the Government and the people of Ghana for your continued well-being, good health and success in the coming years as head of the Roman Catholic Church.

Your Holiness, I wish to note with gratitude, the commitment .and contribution of the Catholic Church to the social, economic, educational and health sectors of Ghana since the creation of the Apostolic Prefecture of the Gold Coast in 1879 and the foundation of the Mission in Cape Coast in 1889. While many Ghanaians bacame formally educated through the work of Catholic Missions, others also acquired skills which they used to attain decent means of livelihood as they contributed to local, regional, national and international development in various sectors.

I am pleased to say that I am assuming duty at a time of warm and cordial relations between the Republic of Ghana and The Holy See as evidenced by the continuous existence of the numerous educational, medical and agricultural institutions established in partnership with the catholic Church. The catholic Relief Services for instance, partners with state authorities such as the Ministry of Health and the Department of Social Welfare to carry out important projects in the service of humanity, irrespective of faith. The Government of Ghana will continue to partner the catholic Churc in order to build on the success so far attained for the improvement of the lives of the citizenry. For this reason, as Ghana’s Envoy to The Holy See. I have no doubt that I can count on the kind cooperation of The Holy See’s Dicastries while seeking for closer and more fruitful collaboration between the Church and public authorities in Ghana within a climate of mutual respect and understanding.

Your personal interest as well as that of your predecessor, Blessed Pope John Paul II in the spiritual, social and economic well being of Africa’s peoples worthy of mention. Your meeting with all the Bishops of Nigeria in 2009 shortly before your Apostolic Journey to Cameroun and Angola in 2009 bears ample testimony to this.

This would be in line with the Government's vision of social justice that is evidenced by the President's pledge of building a better Ghana and being a father to all Ghanians. Certainly, the prudent management of Ghana's economy has led to an ever improving micro financial situation and, coupled with the country's political stability, Ghana has earned the respect of the international community as a democratic and stable nation.

Your Holiness, since 1992 when the Republic of Ghana reverted to democratic rule, the country has enjoyed political stability which has created the impetus for economic development. Ghana also continues to play an important role in ensuring peace and stability in the West African Sub Region. Promoting peace and stability, which is an essential part of the foreign policy objectives of the Government, is achieved by always encouraging constructive dialogue and playing an active role wherever and whenever necessary. To this end, Ghana's commitment to the promotion of peace, democracy, human rights and religious freedom cannot be over emphasised.

I look forward with expectation to my period of service as Ghana's Envoy to The Holy See. It is my sincere hope that I shall enjoy your support and confidence as I seek to contribute and strengthen the already cordial relations that exist between the Republic of Ghana and The Holy See and to explore further avenues for fruitful economic, educational and social cooperation for our mutual benefit.

Finally Your Holiness, permit me to thank you most sincerely for kindly receiving me.

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