Remarks by Governor Wolf at the World Meeting of Families, Visit of Pope Francis September 26, 2015 Remarks Independence HallPhiladelphia, PATRANSCRIPT:Welcome to Philadelphia, and welcome to Pennsylvania. I am very proud to welcome you all to this great Commonwealth. And I am especially grateful to the Holy Father for visiting this city and this state. By his visit – and by his many actions as Pontiff – he is reaffirming the noble values this place symbolizesBehind me is Independence Hall. This was the home of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for many years. The Liberty Bell once rang out from its tower. The second Continental Congress met here. The Constitution of 1787 was drafted here. This is a place of freedom.It is also a place of welcome. The Commonwealth whose government met here was founded by William Penn. Its very existence was premised on the idea of freedom of conscience. Pennsylvania was established by Penn as a refuge for people of different faiths and different nationalities. It was a place that welcomed people looking for a place to worship their God in their own way.And Pennsylvania grew as a result. We Pennsylvanians showed that granting freedom of religion was not simply sound from a moral point of view. It was also smart public policy. Pennsylvania’s economy flourished. And so did its religious institutionsAnd this place became a magnet for great leaders with visions that transcended time. John F. Kennedy spoke here in 1962. Nelson Mandela spoke here. Abraham Lincoln stopped here on his way to his inauguration in 1861. In fact, he also spoke behind this lectern when he delivered the Gettysburg Address just a few miles west of here.This is an important neighborhood, too. The National Constitution Center is just across the green. The African American Museum is just down the street. The National Museum of American Jewish History is right over there. And of course the present home of the Liberty Bell is there.It is therefore fitting that Pope Francis makes this one of his new world destinations. This is a place of history. But more than that, it is a place of strong values and high ideals. Values and ideals that pay tribute to the Holy Father’s focus on justice, fairness, openness.Pope Francis reminds us all of what it is to be human in its most elevated ways. And so does this place.The Holy Father suggests that we should organize our lives in ways that promote fairness and justice. This place tells us we should govern ourselves according to the same values.The Holy Father tells us that the world is noble because it is founded on ordinary souls. This place tells us that a government so founded is also noble.The Holy Father tells us that we can be better than we often are. This place tells us that our government can be, too.So, I am honored and proud to welcome all of you and the Holy Father here today.This is a big event for all of us in Pennsylvania. And I know it is a big event for all of you here today. In a few minutes Pope Francis will give his message. He will inspire us with his thoughts on freedom and democracy. And he will reaffirm the commitment all of us must make to the better world it is our job to build.Next I am proud to hand these festivities over to the Philadelphia Pops Orchestra. And then to Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput, who will make way for His Holiness the Pope.### SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Share Coolers presented to women in Layou. Photograph by Ashton Shillingford.Several women in the Layou community were presented with coolers and ice sheets last week as part of efforts to reclaim and sustain the Titiri market. The community of Layou is well known as the Titiri Village.The presentation formed part of plans by the Labour Party administration to assist residents of the community following the Layou river disaster and the breach of the Mattieu Dam which had a devastating impact on the livelihood of residents last year.Parliamentary representative for the St. Joseph constituency Hon. Kelvar Darroux spoke of the contribution by government towards the relief efforts for the Layou people.“The Government of Dominica has stepped in, in several ways. We have provided assistance to the farmers who were affected by giving them a stipend of five hundred dollars for those who had to traverse through another route. We provided assistance to the fishermen of Layou. Over twenty-five fishermen received sixty percent of what they lost. The government of Dominica responded in quick time to provide relief to the residents of the Clarke Hall area who were severely affected by the loss of their properties and so forth. The government has spent in excess of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars to replace the center portion of the York Valley Bridge. This was in an effort to allow the famers who had their farms in that area to regain access to their farms. We continue to work tirelessly. We are also in the process of finalizing negotiations with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) for a loan in excess of 27 Million dollars to ensure that we can rehabilitate and restore the Layou Valley area to its original state and that would include works on the road, the river walls and of course the people of Layou would benefit tremendously because part of that project will also include an emergency and disaster shelter which will comprise of a resource center and classrooms for training. All this is in effort to get the people of Layou back to a state of normalcy.”President of the Layou Improvement Committee Lazare Charles said the latest gesture by government will bring relief to the women of Layou.“The coolers will provide a sanitary and convenient method for transportation and sale of Titiri. We know that Titiri is a very fragile product and has a short lifespan so with these coolers, the Titiri can know be presented at a higher quality for public consumption. This way it is safe for the use of the public. The ice sheets are appropriate for keeping cooling power and freshness without the mess caused by melted ice…”.Photographs by Ashton Shillingford: [nggallery id = 181]GIS News 30 Views 2 comments Share Tweet Share LocalNews Government comes to the aid of women in Layou by: – May 15, 2012 Sharing is caring!