Ellen Meets Pope Francis at the Vatican

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has thanked Pope Francis and the Catholic Church for its commitment to peace and reconciliation, as well as the Church’s contribution in the fields of social welfare and education in Liberia.According to a dispatch from the Vatican in Rome, Italy, the Liberian leader made the comments during a meeting with the Holy Father at his private library in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City on Saturday, April 5.Pope Francis is the 266th and current Pope of the Catholic Church, in which capacity he is Bishop of Rome and absolute Sovereign of the Vatican City State.During the cordial discussion, both the President and the Pontiff discussed the cordial relations between Liberia and the Holy See and expressed satisfaction about the positive progress made in strengthening Liberia’s democratic institutions.President Sirleaf, particularly highlighted Government’s efforts for peace and reconciliation; which he encouraged. She praised the Church for its immense contribution in the fields of social welfare and education.The Liberian leader urged Pope Francis to pray for the country in order to have a sense of holiness, reconciliation, peace and that all Liberians can love one another. She also asked for the Pontiff’s prayers for courage of tolerance.They later exchanged views on current regional and international issues, with particular reference on trouble spots around the world.Later, President Sirleaf met with His Eminence Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by the Secretary for Relations with States, Dominique Mamberti.During the meeting, President Sirleaf extended thanks and appreciation to the Holy See for its support to Liberia over time especially during the years of the country’s civil war. They discussed how relations can be strengthened, especially with support to social welfare, health and educational institutions.“I think for us, this is more or less a one time opportunity. I found the Pope very affable,” President Sirleaf said following the meeting, adding that she found him to be a very humble man. President Sirleaf is the first Liberian President to visit a Pope at the Vatican.President Sirleaf was later taken on a guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica within the Vatican City, the largest church in the world and one of the holiest Catholic sites.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DONEGAL GOLF COURSES SNATCH HOLE IN ONE WITH AMERICAN REPORTERS!

first_imgGolf writers, broadcasters and online media from the US, with a combined audience reach of almost 90 million, will arrive next Monday to play some of the key golf courses along the Wild Atlantic Way including Donegal.The visiting media are here as part of a visit, hosted and supported by Fáilte Ireland, who have designed an itinerary to showcase its top golf courses on the Wild Atlantic Way.The week-long visit will create an opportunity for the US media to experience first-hand a diverse range of courses in Donegal such as the challenging Glashedy Links Course at Ballyliffin Golf Club to the more informal and relaxing Portsalon Golf Club together with the Sandy Hills course at Rosapenna. Among the group visiting is John Garrity, senior writer with Sports Illustrated USA, which has a circulation of 23 million alone. John has connections in the West, with his ancestors coming from Carne, Co Mayo.Ciara Sugrue, Head of International Publicity with Fáilte Ireland, welcomed the benefits provided by the US group’s visit to the Wild Atlantic Way, saying:“North Americans are among the biggest spenders during their stay here in Ireland, so we welcome these top US golf media who will spread the word on our world class golf courses and the Wild Atlantic Way to their readers and followers at home. Our own research shows that the golf sector generates over €200m from overseas visitors for the Irish economy and, with 200,000 international visitors playing golf while in Ireland last year, each golfing visitor is worth on average two and a half times that of the average tourist.“The group also played at Portstewart Golf Club, this multi-accolade winning links course before finishing their golfing experience at the County Sligo (Rosses Point) Golf Links, giving them a final chance on the tour to test themselves against the elements on the Wild Atlantic Way. Ms Sugrue continued “We in Fáilte Ireland believe that trips such as these encourage and help maintain Ireland’s reputation as a destination for high quality and challenging golf and, with the dollar being so strong, we hope to see many more American golfing visitors to our shores this year. In 2014 we welcomed over 1 million US visitors which generated revenue of over €866 million and most encouraging for this year, latest figures indicate that we are already experiencing double digit growth on last year.”DONEGAL GOLF COURSES SNATCH HOLE IN ONE WITH AMERICAN REPORTERS! was last modified: July 17th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalgolfUSWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more