Accra, 15 February, 2020 / 4:00 pm (ACI Africa).
At the climax celebration to mark 75 years since the establishment of a Church in Ghana’s Accra Archdiocese, the former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings urged followers of Christ in the West African country to “back their prayer of thoughts and words with actions to achieve desired responses and results, as prayer alone was insufficient to solve their problems.”
“We often fail to engage the prayer of action, but without it, we cannot give life to the prayer of words or thoughts,” Mr Rawlings told hundreds of Christians and government dignitaries who had gathered February 9 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Kpehe, a suburb of Accra, the venue of the conclusion of the 75th anniversary celebration of the Church.
“To be a Catholic is a responsibility that must be taken seriously by all who profess the Catholic faith,” the former Head of State said.
Referencing Pope Francis’ gesture of humility when he took the bold step through action to kiss the feet of two South Sudanese political opponents at the Vatican and asking them to maintain reconcile and live in peace, Rawlings said, “Pope’s action is a call to Christians to have courage of conviction to live by the truth.”
He recounted his dream of becoming a priest and went on to urge followers of Christ in his country to wake up to the essence of Christ’s death and fearlessly stand up for the truth like Jesus Christ did.