Abuja, 20 April, 2020 / 10:07 pm (ACI Africa).
As Catholics across the globe celebrated Divine Mercy Sunday against the backdrop of COVID-19 restrictions, a Church leader in Nigeria has encouraged the people of God in Africa’s most populous country not to despair but rather stand firm in their faith in God.
Although COVID-19 has “brought the whole world to its knees,” Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Abuja said, the disease “is not powerful enough to infect or bury our faith; the social distancing is not enough to disorganize our Church and take away our sense of caring for one another.”
He went on to reflect, “The early Church grew every day because of the acts of mercy shown by its members sharing genuine love. Coronavirus or no coronavirus, our faith and our Church are intact.”
“You are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Please keep the Church going in your hearts. The Church is not just a physical building,” Archbishop Kaigama said Sunday, April 19 and added, “If anything, this tragedy is a Kairos, a time God has set aside for all of humanity to know that He alone is the Lord.”
Though the virus has led to the physical separation of the people of God, Archbishop Kaigama encouraged the faithful to be “spiritually bonded, in communion.”