Accra, 22 April, 2020 / 4:07 am (ACI Africa).
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic that has infected at least 1042 people in Ghana and caused the deaths of nine, a Prelate in the West African nation has appealed to the citizens not to stigmatize those who have fallen victim to the disease.
“No one takes upon himself or herself this sickness. This sickness has no regard for whether you are old or young, rich or poor, a believer or non-believer; educated or not, we all are at risk. That is why we must be merciful to those who have fallen victim to the sickness. Caution, yes, but not stigmatization,” Archbishop John Bonaventure Kwofie of Accra said April 19.
“This stigmatization is building up in our country against those who have fallen victim to Coronavirus and their families. Why do we despise them?” Archbishop Kwofie probed during the celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday held at the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Accra.
While quoting the Gospel of Matthew, the Archbishop of Accra urged the faithful to practice the acts of mercy saying, “When I was hungry, you gave me to eat; thirsty you gave me to drink, stranger you made me welcome, lacking clothes and you clothed me, sick you visited me, in prison you came to see me. These are all works of mercy that all of us, with no exemption, are called to do.”
“We get bogged down in practicing the externals of our Christian faith and we forget inner qualities that really matter: love, faithfulness, justice, courage, honesty and mercy,” the Prelate said adding, “the danger we daily run in our Christian life is to focus on the externals.”