Preach against get-rich-quick syndrome – Vice President urges religious leaders
Mr. John-Peter Amewu (right), Minister of Railway Development, handing over GH ¢ 20,000, on behalf of the Vice-President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, to Mgr Alfred Agyenta, Bishop of the Diocese of Navrongo-Bolgatanga
Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia urged religious leaders to preach against the get-rich-quick syndrome which is rapidly eroding the moral fabric of society.
He said that due to the desire of some people, especially young people, to acquire material goods at any cost, they have now resorted to various means, including the killing of human beings, to achieve their desires. selfish.
Dr Bawumia therefore called on religious organizations to instill values such as hard work, honesty and integrity in their followers so that they understand the need to live above reproach.
This appeared in a speech read on behalf of the Vice-President by the Minister of Railway Development, Mr. John-Peter Amewu, during the celebration of the centenary of the minor basilica of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows in Navrongo in the Haut-Haut region. Is last Saturday.
The theme of the celebration was: “100 Years of the Church of the Minor Basilica: Celebrating Our Belonging to the House of God (Ephesians 2:19)”.
The vice president described the minor basilica as a national heritage site and therefore urged the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board to work together to ensure regular maintenance and protection. of the building.
“As you take stock, I expect you to plan for the future; this should include a maintenance plan with new ideas and strategies on how to improve this House of God and ensure the protection of traditional architecture, ”he added.
Dr Bawumia commended the basilica maintenance committee for the “good job”, adding: “I urge them to maintain it to boost the tourism potential not only of the church but also of the locality.”
“Today’s centenary celebration is an opportunity to take stock of the path taken by the church; it should be noted that as a House of God, it has strongly promoted the sacramental life of the faithful and has also brought spiritual comfort to countless people facing the challenges of life, ”he added.
The Vice President further expressed his gratitude to the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference for its keen interest in “the national discourse and its contribution to shaping the fabric of society”.
He also praised the efforts of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) who, since 1958, have worked closely with the government to reduce poverty and improve the livelihoods of many vulnerable people in society.
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The Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana, Bishop Henryk Mieczyslaw Jagodzinski, who led the Mass to mark the occasion, gave a historical account of the establishment of the Minor Basilica.
He said construction of the century-old structure began with the arrival of three African missionaries – Reverend Father Jean-Marie Chollet, Reverend Father Oscar Morin and Reverend Bro. Eugène Gall – in Navrongo on April 23, 1906.
The Bishop of the Diocese of Navrongo-Bolgatanga, Monsignor Alfred Agyenta, described as fascinating that the basilica, which was built with mud and bricks, was still standing after 100 years.
While raising funds for the upkeep of the Minor Basilica, Mr. Amewu donated GH ¢ 20,000 on behalf of the Vice President, while the Apostolic Nuncio also made a personal donation of € 1,000.
There have been contributions from individuals, groups and unions, including the Catholic churches in Accra and Kumasi.
According to the Centenary Celebration Committee, the Diocese of Navrongo-Bolgatanga spent an average of GH ¢ 20,000 per year to maintain the basilica.
Those who have contributed in various ways to the development and growth of the Minor Basilica and the entire Navrongo-Bolgatanga Diocese of the Church have been honored.
They included the founder of the Sirigu Women’s Organization for Pottery and Art (SWOPA), Ms.Melanie Kasise, for her major role in the works of art and designs of the basilica auditorium, and the chief supreme of the traditional area of Navrongo, Pe Dennis Aneakwoa Balinia Adda Asagpari II, for the immense contribution of the preponderance to the growth of the church.