ALL AFRICA REPORT: The Catholic Diocese of Banjul, The Gambia will be hosting the Administration Council of the Pope John Paul II Foundation for the Sahel, observers from the Italian and German Catholic Bishops' Conferences, and the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum" in Rome, Italy, from 7 to 14 February, 2011, a press release signed by Bishop Robert P. Ellison of Banjul reveals.
Below is the full text of the release:
Up to the end of February 2009, over 100 projects have been approved by the JPII Foundation in The Gambia. During the past twenty-five years, the total amount The Gambia has benefited from the Foundation amounts to one million Euros, equivalent to D32, 000, 000.00 (thirty two million dalasis). A local planning committee has already been designated to start work on the preparations for this important conference. The conference is ours to host and we hope to accomplish this challenge in a way that will do justice to the reputation of The Gambia as a place of welcome, hospitality and competence.The Pope John Paul II Foundation for the Sahel is an organisation of the Catholic Church that was created on February 22, 1984 by the late Pope John Paul II to provide support for the Sahelians affected by drought conditions regardless of race and religion, on the basis of projects submitted according to specific criteria and selected by the Foundation's Projects Committee.
Yours sincerely,Bishop Robert PEllison CSSp Bishop of Banjul