Put nation’s interest first — Papal Envoy urges Ghanaians
The Papal Envoy of the Holy See (The Vatican), His Eminence Cardinal Guiseppe Bertello, has called on the public to put the nation’s interest above everything else as the country marks its 60th anniversary.
Speaking to a section of the Catholic community at a thanksgiving service to mark Ghana’s Diamond Jubilee in Accra on Sunday, March 5, 2017, he asked members of the public to build cordial relationships that would promote peace and unity.
“It is the word of Pope Francis to all people in Ghana that as you mark the 60th anniversary of independence, it is necessary to reconcile with others and renew your relationship with God because He has been good to the country,” he said in his sermon.
The event was also used to commemorate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Ghana.
It was graced by the Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, the Most Rev. Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle; members of the Catholic Bishops Conference (CBC) and Archbishops from African countries such as Nigeria, South Africa and Cameroon.
Two delegates from each diocese of the country were at the thanksgiving service, as well as societies in the Catholic Church, including the Knights and Ladies of Marshall (KLM).
The flags of Ghana and The Vatican were placed at vantage points in the Holy Spirit Cathedral, while some members of the congregation also held miniature flags in solidarity with the long-standing relationship between the two states.