Freetown, 19 December, 2022 / 9:50 pm (ACI Africa).
With the protracted fight against COVID-19 and its harsh economic implications that were compounded by the war in Ukraine, Christians have demonstrated a great sense of resilience, the Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown in Sierra Leone says.
In his Christmas 2022 Message shared with ACI Africa, Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles finds it laudable that despite the challenges, including conflicts and wars in many African countries, Christians in these countries still cling to hope for better days.
“I think it was the German Philosopher, Martin Heidegger who once said that Christians are a strange people because they live in a damned world and yet claim that it has been redeemed,” Archbishop Tamba Charles says in the message shared on Sunday, December 18.
“A greater part of the world was just about to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic when Russia invaded Ukraine and called it a special operation, and its effects are being felt all over the world… Yet, amid these calamities, we Christians are busy preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace,” he says, and poses, “Is something wrong with us Christians? Are we mad or indifferent to all this suffering?”
The Sierra Leonean Catholic Archbishop notes that fragile economies of many nations, especially those of the developing countries, are almost collapsing under the weight of high costs of fossil fuel and essential communities, and adds, “Besides, in many parts of the world, including the African continent, there are conflicts and wars of various kinds and degrees.”