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Catholicism in Northern Ghana: Church to Celebrate 100 Years

2005-12-08 20:48:20
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Most Rev Lucas Abadamloora,
President of the Ghana Catholic Bishop Conference, who is also the Catholic Bishop of
the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Diocese has re-affirmed the Church's commitment to support the government to carry out development-oriented programmes.

He said the main aim of the Catholic Church was not just to carry out the spiritual aspect
but also to fulfill all its development obligations. The Most Rev Abadamloora, was
speaking at a press conference in Wa on the Catholic Church's 100 years in northern
Ghana, the celebration of which is slated for April 2006.

The three Northern regions have five Catholic Dioceses: The Tamale Arch Diocese,
Navrongo-Bolgatanga Diocese, Wa Diocese, Yendi Diocese and Damongo Diocese with
a total of 64 Catholic Parishes.

The Catholic Church started with three missionaries in 1906 in Navrongo and is on the
verge of adding the Diebougou Diocese in Burkina Faso that was originally formed in
Jirapa in the Upper West Region.

On the return of mission schools, the Bishop said the Catholic Church would not use
radical means but would collaborate with the government when necessary to ensure the
smooth running of the schools.

He said although the missions alone could not maintain the schools, it was essential for
the government to involve them at decision taking levels to enable them give some input
for the development of education in the country.

Most Rev Abadamloora said the Catholic Church would not rush to build more schools
but would give the existing ones facelifts to bring quality education into the system.

He said the Catholic Church had chalked a lot of success in the north and would crown it
up with programmes to re-awaken Christian values in the country.

The Bishop appealed to the media to support them to come out with workable
programmes that would bring sanity and development to the nation.

source: Gri

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