He continued, “But the catechists too need the training, they need formation and they need also the support and the sustenance to be able to do this as the Priests together with their Bishops also add on.”
“Our Bishops should be able to make the Bible also available to as many people as possible and the Bible must also be affordable,” he further said, and added, “It's not everybody who can buy a Bible, but is it possible to put in place a fund or financial support so that even children and young people can afford it.”
The 67-year-old Catholic Bishop who has been at the helm of Ghana’s Koforidua Diocese since his Episcopal Ordination in July 2006 said, “The teaching of the Bible and the teaching of catechism must also be revised so that it becomes lively.”
“Catechism is not just about who is God, but where do you find that in the Bible and how does that reference come to play when it comes to who God is,” Bishop Afrifah-Agyekum told ACI Africa in Abuja May 6.
He called upon the people of God in West Africa to turn to Christ “with our numerous challenges and He will not forsake us.”
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Delegates taking part in the May 2-9 RECOWA Plenary Assembly are deliberating on Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter on human fraternity, and social friendship, Fratelli Tutti, as well as challenges facing the region in view of strategizing for “sustainable peace”.
Reflecting on the theme of the Plenary Assembly of RECOWA during the interview with ACI Africa, Bishop Afrifah-Agyekum said, “We are going to try to engage our governments and all the politicians who matter as far as peacebuilding in the West African subregion is concerned.”
He continued, “We continue to ask our brothers through the countries and Churches that they represent that the message of peace, brotherliness, fraternity will eventually come true for our people in the region to be able to enjoy this peace.”
Commenting on his election as Vice President of RECOWA, Bishop Afrifah-Agyekum told ACI Africa that he was “honored and humbled” and expressed his readiness to serve.
“My election came as a surprise,” he said, and added, “Having served as chairperson of the Biblical, Theological and Liturgical commission of RECOWA, I thought my peers would allow me support them from behind; but I’m honored and humbled by their confidence and ready to serve.”
Bishop Afrifah-Agyekum appealed to RECOWA members “to support us, to continue to pray for us so that we really bring the intentions, objectives and goals of this reunion to greater heights.”
“I pray that the Lord will also guide us and help us so that this work will be achieved to the Glory of His name,” he implored.
Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.