O God, throughout the ages you have called women and men to pursue lives of perfect charity through the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience. During this Year of Consecrated Life, we give you thanks for these courageous witnesses of Faith and models of inspiration. Their pursuit of holy lives teaches us to make a more perfect offering of ourselves to you. Continue to enrich your Church by calling forth sons and daughters who, having found the pearl of great price, treasure the Kingdom of Heaven above all things. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.
Last Updated: Friday, 27 March 2015 14:15
KOFORIDUA DIOCESAN MINI-SYNOD (APRIL 9TH – 12TH 2015)
We Synod Fathers and Mothers, having gathered, at the Diocesan Pastoral and Training Centre in Koforidua, from 9th - 12th of April 2015, after an intensive deliberation on the theme“My parish, my diocese;- two years from now in the light of the new evangelization”, do hereby resolve that:
1. Dormant Basic Christian communities (BCC) should be revamped through the help of the Parish Priests, Catechists and devoted lay faithful as facilitators. Where they are not in existence, they should be established immediately.
2. Education on the Eucharist as a prayer should begin by June 30th 2015. The priests are encouraged to celebrate the Mass solemnly in order to have the needed effect on the faithful.
3. The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) should encourage all church members to own a Bible and to ensure that societies have regular Bible discussions and discussions on the social teachings of the church to hasten the process of the new evangelization.
4. The youth should be regularly assigned roles and responsibilities in the church to make them more active; and when they make mistakes, they should be guided. Meanwhile, the adult are encouraged to always support the youth financially and also be present at youth programs to give them support.
5. All Priests and Religious, in the diocese, are encouraged to be abreast with the use of modern technology but with caution. They should be familiar with current social network such as whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Parishes are encouraged to use these social media to educate their members on current issues.
6. Parishes are encouraged to establish Credit Unions to help individuals save money and to become financially independent. This, when done, should be reported at the next Synod.
7. Parish Financial Committees are hereby charged to educate the parishioners on the financial transactions of the church and to encourage Church members to fulfill their financial obligations to the church.
Last Updated: Friday, 17 April 2015 07:49
Archbishop Anokye is New President of Caritas Africa and Second Vice-President of CI
Archbishop Gabriel Justice Yaw Anokye of Kumasi, Ghana has been elected President of Caritas Africa (CA). His election took place at a meeting of CA that preceded the Caritas Internationalis’ 20th General Assembly, recently, in Rome Italy.
He has also been elected Second Vice-President of Caritas Internationalis (CI) during the said Assembly.
Archbishop Anokye who is the Second Vice-President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) and Chairman of the Justice, Peace and Development Commission of SECAM shared his vision of a Church for the poor in Africa.
The Assembly ended with the adoption of a vision of “One Human Family, Caring for Creation”.
About 400 people from more than 160 national Caritas Organisations also elected a new president, treasurer and ratified the nomination of the Secretary General.
The Newly-elected President of Caritas Internationalis is Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, Philippines. Michel Roy was reconfirmed as Secretary General of the Caritas Confederation and a new board was appointed. Alexander Bodmann of Austria was elected as new treasurer. South Sudan became the 165th national member organisation of the Caritas Confederation.
Archbishop Oscar Romero, murdered for standing with the poor in El Salvador, was adopted as a Patron of Caritas Internationalis.
With specific reference to the SDGs, the final message adopted by the General Assembly states that “no target should be considered as met unless achieved for all income and social groups; this fundamental, person-centred strategy must be central”.
The message urges governments to look beyond their own borders and to recognise the moral imperative that is inherent in care for creation.
The Caritas delegates also drew attention to the plight of Christians who suffer from religious persecution in Syria and Iraq and of migrants and refugees all over the world: “We urge governments to build safe havens and humanitarian corridors, rather than fences, walls or programmes of interdiction at sea.”
In a Mass celebrated for the opening of the General Assembly, Pope Francis spoke of the responsibility of Caritas which is, among other issues, to look after the planet and to feed the hungry.
Speaking of Caritas’ global campaign to end hunger, the Pope said during his homily, “We must do what we can so that everyone has something to eat, but we must also remind the powerful of the Earth that God will call them to judgment one day and there it will be revealed if they really tried to provide food for Him in every person (cf. Matt.25: 35) and if they did what they could to preserve the environment so that it could produce this food.”
The Pope spoke of Caritas’ campaign “One Human Family, Food for All” and encouraged people to “set the table for all” and said “Caritas sets many tables for the hungry”.
Speaking of the mission of the people who works for Caritas organisations, the Holy Father said, “Whoever lives the mission of Caritas is not simply a charitable worker, but is a true witness of Christ. He is a person who seeks Christ and allows Christ to seek him; people who love with the spirit of Christ, a spirit of gratuitousness and gift. All of our strategies and plans remain empty unless we carry this love in us.”
Issued by Ben Assorow
Director of Communications, SECAM
With additional information from CI Website.
Caritas Internationalis is the global confederation of 165 Catholic Organisations working on behalf of the poor. It is the arm through which the Church delivers its moral mission to help the most vulnerable and excluded people, whatever their religion or race.
Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 May 2015 10:08