Abuja, 17 December, 2022 / 6:33 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has called on citizens to remain firm in their faith despite what he described as “formidable challenges and social contradictions” in the West African nation.
In his Sunday, December 11 homily at Holy Cross Kuchigoro Catholic Parish of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama made reference to the message of the Gospel Reading on John the Baptist and called upon Nigerians to not lose hope as the Church marked “Gaudete Sunday” (Rejoice), the theme of the third Sunday of Advent that expresses the joy of anticipating Christmas celebration.
“As Nigerians a people of hope and resilience, ‘gaudete’ Sunday urges us to have joy, in spite of and in the midst of formidable challenges and social contradictions,” Archbishop Kaigama said.
He added, “We must continue to remain strong in faith that the sunrise of salvation is getting nearer, and Jesus, the source of our true peace and joy, is coming.”
For this reason, the Nigerian Archbishop said, “We are invited to be full of holy optimism.”