Christians Urged To Seek God’s Intervention In Ebola Disease’s Spresd

Archbishop Palmer Buckle(with staff) in a group picture with the newly ordained Priests.photo Hannah Nkrumah.JPG (1)The Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Accra, the Most Reverend Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, has charged all Christians on the African continent to pray to God for the end the spread of the Ebola virus disease in the sub-region.

“Only God has the power to stop the scourge of the deadly Ebola disease on the continent and Christians especially, those in West Africa must seek God’s to intervention stop the disease in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria where over 700 people had died from the disease,” he said in Accra on Saturday at the 2014 Priestly Ordination of the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra, which a total of nine people were ordained priests into the Catholic faith.

He asked Christians throughout West Africa to solidarised with countries affected by the disease and support them with their prayers.

He also urged Ghanaians to be mindful of their personal hygiene in the wake of the Ebola and cholera outbreak, stressing cleanliness is next to Godliness and people must take environmental sanitation seriously to avoid contracting any of the diseases”.

The Most Rev. Palmer-Buckle in his sermon, urged Catholics priests to leave their comfort zones and reach out to people in the slums and the dungeons with the word of God.

Catholic priests, he said, must be “fishers of men and not shepherds of men”, stressing that, they must redouble their efforts towards winning more souls for the Catholic faith and teachings.

According to him, the catholic population in the country in the 2000 and 2010 population census had reduced from 15.1 per cent to 13.1 per cent respectively.

The Most Rev. Palmer-Buckle, therefore, charged the priests and lay faithful to lead exemplary lives to attract more people to the church.

“Your life must be salt to the earth. We all must not make our Catholic doctrines and faith tasteless. We must add value to our Catholic faith, doctrines, devotions and the holy mass,” he advised and asked the new priests to always speak the truth to their congregation and not to be swayed by worldly desires.

The Most Rev. Palmer-Buckle said the holy priesthood of the Catholic Church “offer greater capacity to people to offer service to mankind and not a power to lord over people”, stressing that, they must be submissive in their priesthood journey and trust solely in God.

He urged them to embrace the new evangelisation mission of the church and proclaim God’s word to people who had still not heard about the gospel and those who had lost faith in Christ Jesus.

The Archbishop and all catholic priests at the ordination service, laid hands on the nine new priests and prayed for them.

They were consecrated and their hands were anointed by the Archbishop, who also presented them with a stole and chasuble to offer Holy Eucharist to people.

By Joseph Edu Archison       

 

 

 

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