Abidjan (Agenzia Fides) - "Brothers and sisters, when we are no longer in this world, what we will leave are the seeds that we have sown in the hearts of men. All the rest is vanity", said His Exc. Mgr. Alexis Touably Youlo, Bishop of Agboville and Apostolic Administrator of Yamoussoukro on 14 July, during the homily of the suffrage mass for the late Ivorian Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, who passed away on 8 July (see Fides, 9/7/2020). Citing the parable of the Sower, Mgr. Youlo urged everyone to sow good wheat every day, taking for example that sown during his lifetime by the Prime Minister.
"Prime Minister Coulibaly, thank you for sowing in us the seed of work and then the seed of faithfulness to the commitments to serve the nation, faithful to the end", he underlined. "If everyone who follows Gon Coulibaly could be faithful to his commitments, we could have a wonderful Country".
"Your Excellency, we have a small Catholic community within the government and this community supports itself and plays its role as daughters and sons of the Church in the government to ensure that we can continue to live our faith", said Cardinal Jean Pierre Kutwa, speaking at the end of the mass. The Cardinal indicated that the message that Amadou Gon Coulibaly leaves us is the love of one’s neighbor. By launching a strong appeal to abandon the path of hatred, the Cardinal invited Ivorians to learn to forgive themselves and above all to love each other.
The funeral of Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly officially began on July 14 with the tribute of the nation on the square of the presidential palace, in the Abidjan Plateau, and continues today, July 15, with the homage of his political party RHDP, at the Parc des sport d'Abidjan Treichville, followed by the transfer of the body to Korhogo, where he will be buried on 17 July. (S.S.) (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 15/7/2020)