Monday, October 23, 2017

The Catholic Standard

‘Be Alert’

By Isaac Fritz Andoh

Most Rev. Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, has urged parents to open their eyes and be alert in the wake of the recent kidnapping of children from some Churches.

He said this in a homily at the Holy Spirit Cathedral on Christmas Day, advising parents to let their “eyes follow their children everywhere they are”.
Archbishop Palmer-Buckle described the kidnapping as “wickedness of the worst order”.

Recently, the Police arrested two miscreants for kidnapping some children from Churches in the Accra Metropolis with the view to forcing their parents to pay ransom before they were released.

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‘Cease fire on GMOs debate’

By Damian Avevor

The Ghana Catholic   Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) has advised Ghanaians debating on Genetically-Modified Organisms (GMOs) to cease fire and allow proper dialogue and consultation to take place among all relevant stakeholders.

“This will make Ghana the true winner in whatever decision we will eventually arrive at with regard to the possible introduction of GMOs in Ghana.”

The Bishops said that there was the need to hasten slowly and not rush with the introduction of GMOs to the Ghanaian market.

In a Press Statement on Genetically-Modified Crops and Foods, the Bishops said the GCBC “has followed the debate and discussions on the   possible introduction of Genetically-Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Ghana with keen interest,   attention and concern."

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‘Peace is impossible without fraternity’

In his first message for the annual World Day of Peace, Pope Francis said that peace and social justice were impossible without a spirit of fraternity based on recognition that all men and women were children of God – a relationship fulfilled in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The nearly 5,000 word message entitled “Fraternity, the Foundation and Pathway to Peace,” was released by the Vatican to mark the World Day of Peace on January 1.

“Without fraternity, it is impossible to build a just society and a solid and lasting peace,” the Pope wrote. “

At the same time, it appears clear that contemporary ethical systems remain incapable of producing authentic bonds of fraternity, since a fraternity devoid of reference to a common Father as its ultimate foundation is unable to endure, he said.

True brotherhood among peoples presupposes and demands a transcendent Fatherhood.”

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Rural areas in need internet facilities

His Eminence Peter Cardinal Appiah Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace at the Vatican, has called for the extension of internet and other technological facilities to rural areas in order to improve upon the quality of education in villages and towns in West Africa.

He said it was time internet facilities were made available in villages to catch up with Technology which was usually limited to cities and big towns.
Cardinal Appiah Turkson was speaking at the inauguration of Friends of Cardinal Turkson Fund for Health and Education (CTFHE) at a Mass at Christ the King Catholic Church in Accra recently.

Cardinal Turkson established the CTFHE to support poor women and promote quality education in rural areas.

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Sunyani Diocese celebrates ruby jubilee

Thousands of Catholic faithful from all over the Sunyani Diocese, Priests, Religious and dignitaries, including sixteen Bishops recently attended the thanksgiving Mass to climax the Ruby Jubilee(40th Anniversary) celebration of the canonical erection of the Sunyani Diocese, at the Christ the King Cathedral.

Most Rev. Matthew K Gyamfi, Bishop of Sunyani was the main celebrant at the Mass concelebrated by Most Rev. Joseph Osei-Bonsu, President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference; Most Rev. Charles Palmer-Buckle, Archbishop of Accra; Most Rev. Philip Naameh, Archbishop of Tamale; Most Rev. Justice Anokye, Archbishop of Kumasi; and Most Rev. Thomas Mensah, Archbishop Emeritus of Kumasi, who was the homilist.

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Accra climaxes 120th Anniversary

Thousands of Catholics on Sunday, November 24, trooped to the Black Star Square in Accra for Mass to climax the 120th Anniversary of Catholic Mission in Accra. The main celebrant at the Mass concelebrated by about 200 Priests of the Archdiocese of Accra as well as some visiting Priests, was Most Rev. Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra.

The Mass coincided with the Feast of Christ the King and the climax of the Year of Faith declared last year by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The congregation at the five-hour open air Mass, was spared the oppressive weather of the last few weeks in Accra.

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Bishops decry materialism

At the end of its nine-day Plenary Assembly, the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference lamented that  the desire for money, which has taken the centre stage in all aspects of life, is having a telling effect on society. This has therefore become a big challenge to the new evangelisation.

“The desire to make quick money and by whatever means possible is bringing a huge social cost and untold suffering to the poor and vulnerable in our midst.”

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Fight corruption, injustice – Bishop Atuahene

Most Rev. Peter Kwaku Atuahene, Bishop of Goaso, has urged Christians to be proactive in the fight against corruption and other social injustices. He said Christians should be at the forefront in the fight against practices that were inimical to Gospel values and ensure that the rights of the less privileged were protected.

The Bishop said this when he confirmed fifty-five candidates from the St. Matthew’s Parish at Kunsu during a recent Pastoral visit to the Church.

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‘Ghana needs holy politicians’

Most Rev. Thomas K. Mensah, Archbishop Emeritus of Kumasi, has challenged Catholics to produce for Ghana holy politicians who are endowed with the fear of God and want to serve the nation selflessly rather than to be served.

“We need Catholics who will set the example in political truth and integrity; who by their quality and character of their life, will contribute towards the creation of a society which is likely to be conducive to integrity by insisting that their leaders at all levels are men and women of honour.”

Archbishop Mensah made the appeal in a homily at a Mass to climax the Ruby Jubilee of the canonical erection of the Sunyani Diocese; 10th anniversary of the Episcopate of Most Rev. Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi, Bishop of Sunyani; and the Year of Faith.

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Catholic Standard News Editor wins Int. Award

*Mr. Avevor

The News Editor of the Catholic Standard, Mr. Damian Avevor, has been adjudged one of the winners of the International Journalism and Media Awards, 2013 in the category of Excellence in Journalism.

He is the only Ghanaian Journalist among 25 winners of the Awards in eight categories chosen from over 2,000 competitors from all over the world.

Other categories competed for were Women Issues, Inter-Religious Initiatives, Educom; Solidarity with Refugees; Photo Journalism; Titus Brandsma and Cardinal Foley.

The triennial awards honour outstanding media professionals, publications and institutions worldwide, and recognize their exemplary contributions irrespective of all differences.

The two major criteria for determining the Award Winners were content value and Journalistic presentation of stories and articles entered into the competition.

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Bishops meet CRIC

The Bishops and members of CRIC
The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) recently interacted with members of the Constitutional Review Implementation Committee (CRIC) to ascertain how the Committee was carrying out its mandate since its inauguration in October, 2012.

This was made known by Most Rev. Joseph Osei-Bonsu, President of the Conference at a Press Briefing after a closed-door meeting at the Conference Room of the National Catholic Secretariat in Accra.

He said the GCBC was willing to lend its support where necessary.

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