Celebrate Christmas with poor in mind, Ghanaian archbishop says
Christians and Ghanaians are called to be apostles of the poor and abandoned by caring for those most in need, especially during the Christmas season, said Archbishop John Bonaventure Kwofie of Accra, Ghana.
“Let’s celebrate by thinking of what can be done to ease the situation of the abandoned, the marginalised, the forgotten, the sick, the aged, the needy,” he said on 11th December at an event with diplomats, clergy and lay faithful. “Let us celebrate Christmas taking a positive stand in support of the human person, in order to bring to an end whatever diminishes the dignity of the human person.”
The ecumenical event, titled ‘Conversations in the Cathedral’, was held at Holy Spirit Cathedral with the theme, “Being a Christian in Ghana Today: In preparation for Christmas 2019.” Among those present were Ghanaian President John Mahama and Fr John Tindana, director of the missions office of the Archdiocese of Accra.
The ‘Conversations in the Cathedral’ is aimed at bringing people of diverse backgrounds, expertise and beliefs together to dialogue as people who have the interest of the common good at stake. Organisers hope this, in turn, will create a bridge of trust among all participants and their various followers.
In his address, Archbishop Kwofie said one way Christians can celebrate Christ’s birth is by making a sincere commitment of sharing with the hungry, the thirsty, the naked and the poor.
“Let us celebrate Christmas by doing everything that will allow us to live life to the full,” he said.
Picture: Archbishop John Bonaventure Kwofie of Accra, Ghana, second from right, walks with the Rev. Emmanuel Asante, chairman of the National Peace Council of Ghana, and the Rev. Mensah Otabil, general overseer of the International Central Gospel Church, right, on 11th December 2019, in Accra, Ghana. Behind is former Ghanaian President John Mahama. (CNS photo/Damian Avevor).Tags: Accra, Archbishop John Bonaventure Kwofie, Archbishop Kwofie, celebrate, Christmas, Ghana, poor