President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appealed to the Roman Catholic Church to pray for him and his government to succeed.
Speaking at the 125th anniversary celebration of the Catholic Church of the Accra Archdiocese at the Independence Square, he recalled the numerous contributions the church had made to support successive governments, especially in the areas of Health and Education, and urged it to do even more for God and country.
“We can only do so through hard work, animated by a sense of enterprise, creativity and innovation, and with a determination to fight corruption in our public life. That is the path that will lead us to the national transformation we desire, and that is the path my Government has been treading over the last twenty-two (22) months,” the President said.
He continued “I took, then, a solemn oath, at this same venue, to serve our nation and to improve the living standards of the Ghanaian people. I shall, with God’s guidance, continue to do my best to live up to my oath of office.
Towards the achievement of this goal, the President has asked for the support of the Church, and indeed, of the entire Christian community, as well as of all religious people, and of all those who believe in the One True God.
Quoting from Philippians 4:13, the President said: “through Christ who strengthens me and my Government, all the programmes and policies being rolled out, which were once described as overly-ambitious and not feasible by some, whether it is of Free SHS, “Planting for Food and Jobs”, “One District, One Factory”, “One Village, One Dam”, and the development of our rail and road infrastructure, amongst others, will be implemented to the benefit to the Ghanaian people.”
The President eulogized the Archbishop of the Cape Coast Archdiocese, Most Rev. Gabriel Charles Palmer- Burcke, describing him as a man of dignity and a hardworking person who he never had a dull moment with.
Even though he said he was sad that Archbishop Palmer-Burkle was being moved to Cape Coast he believed he would still exhibit his leadership skills at his new station.
In his farewell sermon, Most Rev. Gabriel Charles palmer-Burkle said he had enjoyed his 13-year stay in the Accra archdiocese and was excited to have celebrated the 125th anniversary in Accra.
He said his only wish for the Archdiocese is to complete the Holy Spirit Cathedral Restoration for 2020.
Thousands of Catholic faithfuls celebrated the anniversary on the theme; ‘Celebrating 125 Years of Catholic Mission in Accra: Renewing Our Commitment to Evangelization’
By Daniel Akpaloo Nyorngmor, Independence Square-Accra.