Accra (Agenzia Fides) - "The relation between the Holy See and Ghana is excellent and there has been positive development over the years", says His Exc. Mgr. Jean-Marie Speich, Apostolic Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana, in an interview with Agenzia Fides, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Holy see and Ghana (see Fides 23/02/2017).
"The Holy Father wants to use Ghana to help other surrounding African states to grow in true democracy. The Holy Father has Ghana in his heart and prays for the Country to grow in peace and deeper in democracy and in prosperity to help the citizens in a strong way and also fight corruption which kills the economy", assured the Nuncio.
In describing the Catholic Church's contribution to human development in the Country, Mgr. Speich recalled: "It is true that we promote hundreds of projects, numerous formation houses and sessions, all kinds of social services all over this Country. It is true that we possess more than 4,600 basic and secondary schools, colleges and Universities in which only 25% of the students are Catholics. We receive all. It is true that the Catholic Church owns more than 27% of the health structures in Ghana, between clinics, hospitals and dispensaries. I can give you many other realities, but giving statistics and numbers, is useless and not really Catholic. We have to give account only to God. The contribution of the Catholic Church in Ghana cannot be reduced in numbers, because we deal with persons, persons with wonderful dignity regardless of their origins, tribes and religion. A human person is the noblest being on earth. We believe that he is coming and going to God, for that reason we want to serve God through him in the best way".
The Nuncio concluded by stressing "the fantastic works done by the Catholic Church as member of the Ghana Conference of Religions for Peace and as member of the National Peace Council. At more local level, I wish to mention the marvelous and unique work done for example in the Volta Region: to reconcile some time ago the Nyonka and Alavanyo communities, and in Upper East, the Kukumbas and Namumbas. I congratulate the initiatives of the Satellite Peace-Building Center in Tamale, and of the Centre for Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies in Damongo. I urge the other Embassies to encourage and help them". (A.A.) (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 30/03/2017)