AFRICA/GHANA - The Bishops: "May Easter be an invitation to conversion to peace"

Wednesday, 13 April 2022 bishops   peace  

Accra (Agenzia Fides) - "Let us renew our commitment to reject any acts of evil, including acts of war, conflicts and any actions, which will lead to the senseless loss of lives and the creation of needless crises". This is the appeal launched by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Ghana (GCBC) to avoid acts of evil during and after the celebration of the Easter holidays. In the statement "Returning to Galilee, finding the path to peace and hope in a time of crisis", signed by Msgr. Philip Naameh, Archbishop of Tamale, President of the GCBC, it is recalled that "Easter is significant for us because the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is a source of hope and new life for Christians, and indeed, for all mankind".
"In the resurrection, all of us are invited to live and share in God's life of glory and find God's path that leads to peace. Unfortunately, this gift of the Prince of Peace is often rejected by acts of conflicts, wars and division.
 Thus, when we look all around us, we see conflicts, wars, and the horrors associated with these acts of evil", the statement highlights.
In addition to citing the Russia-Ukraine war and other conflicts and wars around the world, the Ghanaian Bishops recall the uneasy calm in Bawku, a region in the north-eastern part of Ghana, bordering Togo in the east and Burkina Faso in the north, where for years the Mamprusi and Kusasi populations confront each other over land ownership issues.
In early March, three people died and five others were injured in Bawku, during gunshots between soldiers and some residents. Following the incidents, the Minister of the Interior, Ambrose Dery, urged the people and the media not to use social media to further inflame the souls of the populations involved. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 13/4/2022)