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Pope meets with Liberian President, first female Head of State in Africa

(-VIDEO ONLY-) Pope Francis welcomed Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, president of Liberia, at the Vatican's Apostolic Palace. Johnson-Sirleaf is Africa's first elected female Head of State. She is also the first Liberian president to visit the Pope at the Vatican. The two leaders talked about cooperation and the contributions of the Church in the West African country, especially in social welfare, education, as well as peace and national reconciliation after the country's civil war. During their visit, the president gave the Pope a medallion highlighting Liberia's roots, as a country founded by former slaves from the United States. In return the Pope gave her a medallion of the Angel of Peace. Johnson-Sirleaf also asked the Pope to pray for her country to achieve greater peace and tolerance. RCA CTV FA -BN Up: AFP