President John Dramani Mahama says the social teachings of the Church should permeate and influence the decisions of government.
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things have passed away. Behold all things have become new- 2 Corithians 5:17
The President made the call in an address read on his behalf by Henry Newman, a former Chief of Staff at the second Plenary Assembly 2016 of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa.
The event, which was under the theme ‘The new Evangelisation and specific challenges for the church, family of God in West Africa: Reconcillation, Development and Family Life,’ was held at MPLAZA Hotel, Accra yesterday.
The event brought together representatives of the Catholic Bishops conference in West Africa and beyond, as well as former President Rawlings and Hackman Owusu Agyemang, a former Member of Parliament.
The Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) is an integration of all English, Portuguse and French-speaking Episcopal conferences in West Africa.
RECOWA, which was inaugurated in Abuja in 2007, provides the platform for a better understanding, exchange of views, experiences and general pastoral collaboration among all the Episcopal Conferences of West Africa.
The President said Christians must live without reproach and above the worldly trappings of the present age.
“If God calls us to a task, he would prepare us for the immense duty of nation-building in Ghana, West Africa and Africa. We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”
President Mahama, who made reference to a reconciliatory statement by Sister Caroline Osiek, a well-known New Testament Professor at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago said, “It is not forgive and forget as if nothing wrong had ever happened but forgive and go forward building on the mistakes of the past and the energy generated by reconciliation to create a new future”
Prof. Gilbert D.D Kuupole, who chaired the function, expressed worry about the upsurge in the use of foul language among most Ghanaians.
Prof. Kuupole, who is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, urged Ghanaians, especially owners of radio stations, to call on their presenters and guests to use acceptable language.
He urged Christians to communicate properly, adding that it was important to put into practice the doctrines and teachings of the church in one’s daily life.
President of the Ghana Bishops Conference, Most Rev. Joseph Osei Bonsu said the Catholic Church must work together with West African governments to ensure holistic development.
Bishop Osei Bonsu, who is also the Bishop of Konogo-Mampong, added that though the church has no technical solutions to all the problems that people face, it is mindful of our God-given mission to bring hope to the people.
By Solomon Ofori