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Catholic Bishops See Health, Education As Key Social Needs
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Catholic Bishops See Health, Education As Key Social Needs

By Wilfred Gortor

MONROVIA, May 1 (LINA) - Catholic Bishops of Liberia have said the provision of quality, standardized, affordable and holistic health care in Liberia is of capital importance in the fulfillment of the mandate of Christ Jesus.

The Bishops also said that the Catholic Church remains committed to the provision of sound and quality education for all, as the church current statistics show that it operates 66 schools in Liberia with a student population of about 24,281.

The statement from the Bishops was contained in a report from the Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops of Liberia, which was convened from the April 23-30 in Monrovia.

"Today, the Catholic Church operates 21 health facilities and one training institution across the length and breadth of our country," the Bishops said, adding: "Our statistics from 2012-16 shows that our facilities served 1,295,200 persons irrespective of creed, gender or political affiliation."

Among other important issues as contained in the report, the Bishops affirmed that the Catholic Church remained committed to an honest and sincere dialogue with the government on issues of common concern, in view of promoting the common good of the Liberian people.

With focus on the forth-coming elections, the Bishops noted that during the Plenary their minds prayerfully focused on the ensuing elections process and that the body is in the process of carving into writing their sincere thoughts on the matter.

"As a precautionary note, the Bishops urged the government and all stakeholders to ensure that the National Elections Commission receives the timely and necessary support for the realization of a peaceful election.

The report which was signed by Bishop Anthony Fallah Borwah of Gbarnga, Lewis J. Zeigler, Archbishop of Monrovia and Andrew J. Karnley Bishop of Cape Palmas, commended the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her role in keeping Liberia's peace.



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