Cape Coast, 16 November, 2019 / 12:39 am (ACI Africa).
At the opening of the Plenary Assembly of the Bishops of Ghana, the President of Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC), Archbishop Philip Naameh appealed for a collaborative ministry that would see various pastoral agents including Bishops, priests, women and men religious, catechists, among others, cooperate in witnessing to Gospel values in a manner that can contribute to overcoming the challenges facing the Church in the West African nation.
“To overcome the challenges facing the Church in Ghana today and to effectively bring the Good News of Christ to all people in the country and to every sphere of national life, there is a need for a prayerful re-strategizing and a healthy collaboration among the Bishops, priests, religious, catechists and other lay faithful, including the youth,” Archbishop Naameh said November 11.
“There should be regular or weekly prayer programmes in the parishes and outstations across the country,” the Archbishop of Tamale added.
According the Prelate, “to counteract particularly the negative effects of the proliferation of sects and new cults, as well as their diffusion among the Catholic faithful, there is an eminently pastoral necessity for the priest to be a man of God and a teacher of prayer.”
He shared with his brother Bishops the need for the Church in Ghana to establish a missionary congregation “of priests and religious whose members would be available to serve both outside Ghana, as well as in those dioceses in Ghana where there would be need for priests and religious.”