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Tamale Catholic Church Celebrates Centenary


2006-09-19 22:36:44
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The Catholic Church in Tamale on Sunday, rounded off activities marking its 100 years anniversary with a thanksgiving mass.

In a message to the church conveyed by Majority Leader and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Felix Owusu-Adjapong, President J.A. Kufuor called on religious leaders to pray for peace and unity in Dagbon.

He said that, while elders of the two Dagbon chieftaincy gates and the three mediating eminent chiefs under the chairmanship of Asantehene
Otumfuo Osei Tutu were dialoguing to forge peace in the area "it is prudent for men of God to pray to the Lord to sustain the peace in the traditional area."
Religious leaders, traditional rulers and politicians attended the centenary, which was on the theme "the church as family of God and the challenges of ethnicity."

President Kufuor entreated them to continue to sensitise the people especially the youth on the need to tolerate each other and co-exist in unity and peace.
He said that Catholic Church’s image fitted well into the African family system in that through the spread of the word of God, various people with different ethic origins had been brought together to share a common belief.

He therefore urged the church to harness its values to ensure togetherness of the people in the region for their development.

President Kufuor commended the Catholic Church for its contributions to making life meaningful for the people.
"The church needs commendation for the provision of potable water to support the health and educational needs of the communities. I am not here to flatter you but praise must be given where its is due," the President stated.

He also congratulated Cardinal Peter Dery on his recent elevation. The Archbishop of Tamale, Most Rev. Gregory E. Kpiebaya, lauded the government’s commitment to fighting poverty, citing the church’s own
investment in poverty reduction in the three northern regions.

Most Rev. Kpiebaya appealed to politicians in the region to team up with the church to work towards ethnic integration and peace building, which he said were indispensable steps towards poverty reduction

source: GRi

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