There is need for the people of God in Ethiopia to shun pride, anger and hatred that obstruct peace in the Horn of Africa nation, the Cardinal in country has said in his message ahead of Christmas Day marked on Friday, January 7.
A Catholic Bishop in Nigeria has highlighted the essential aspects of Christmas, underscoring the need for Christians to focus on the person of Jesus Christ, engage in more “good action” than mere talk, make sacrifices “for others’ sake”, and reconciliation both with God and others.
The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of El Obeid in Sudan has, in his Christmas and New Year 2022 message, called upon the people of God under his pastoral care to pray for the realization of peace and justice in the Northeastern African nation.
The Christmas Message of the Bishop of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese has sparked controversies in the West African nation, some quarters accusing the Bishop of “very serious crimes like treason and incitement for a coup.”
The COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to have negative effects on the people of God across the globe, is an avenue that God is using to call His people to solidarity, regardless of socio-cultural, economic and other distinguishing characteristics, a South African Bishop has said.
As Christians around the world conclude the Advent Season that ushers in the joyful celebration of God becoming man in the birth of Jesus Christ, the Cardinal in the island nation of Mauritius has, in his Christmas message, called on Christians to cultivate solidarity with all members of society regardless of religion, ethnicity, social status or any other distinguishing factors.
As Christians prepare for the yearly celebration of Christ’s nativity, Bishop Placide Lubamba Ndjibu of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Kasongo diocese has, in his message addressed to Catholic faithful and people of good will, appealed for unity and peace especially in the eastern part of the country, which has been experiencing insecurity.
As the world prepares to celebrate the mystery of the incarnation, God becoming man, and the events that followed thereafter, Bishops in the West African nation of Ghana have, in their Christmas message, used the example of the Holy Family fleeing to Egypt to seek refuge to highlight the challenges migrants go through and termed as “unchristian and unacceptable any acts of discrimination, stereotyping and physical attacks” against those seeking refuge.
The manner in which the north-central African nation of Chad is being governed is a cause for concern that has made the Catholic Bishops focus their collective Christmas message on the socio-political and economic challenges in their country, advocating for selfless and servant leadership.