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General News of Saturday, 22 December 2012

Source: Graphic Online

Clergy urge peace and reconciliation this Christmas

Some prominent clergymen have called on Ghanaians to use the occasion of Christmas to foster and promote peace in the country.

Sharing their Christmas messages in separate interviews with graphic.com.gh, they urged Ghanaians to allow the peaceful nature of Jesus Christ to have a bearing on all their endeavours in order to promote peace.

The President of the Catholic Bishops Conference, the Most Rev Osei-Bonsu, said the birth of Jesus Christ, who is acknowledged as the Prince of Peace, should encourage Ghanaians to use the Christmas season to embrace peace.

“As individuals and a nation, we should think about peace during this period,” he said, adding that Ghanaians must do things to promote peace, especially after the general election.

The Most Rev Osei-Bonsu was not worried about the current political tension in the country because he believed that, with time, everything would be resolved.

“We just have to pray,” he admonished Ghanaians.

For his part, the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana, the Most Rev Prof Emmanuel Asante, said Christmas offered two key messages — reconciliation and peace — that Ghanaians ought to imbibe.

According to him, God reconciled with humanity and made it possible “for us to reconcile with one another”, for which reason he stressed the need for people to forgive one another on the occasion of Christmas.

The Most Rev Prof Asante said Christmas also offered a message of peace “within ourselves, with one another and as a nation”, but he was quick to add that peace was not possible without justice.

He advised Ghanaians to use the occasion to seek peace and reconciliation, which were very important, considering the aftermath of the December 7 elections.

“Let the whole country be peaceful this Christmas and let us embrace one another,” he urged.

The Most Rev Prof Asante, who is also the Chairman of the National Peace Council (NPC), admonished Ghanaians not to think only about their material needs during Christmas but also think about meeting their spiritual needs.

He cautioned drivers who considered Christmas as an opportunity to make money and did not care about the safety of passengers to desist from that negative attitude and instead be motivated by the spirit of love that Christmas invoked.

In his message, the Apostle-General of the Royalhouse Chapel International, Rev Sam Korankye Ankrah, said Ghanaians appreciated the fact that God had seen the nation through a very peaceful and successful electoral process.

He asked Ghanaians to endeavour to live and demonstrate lives of peace in their homes, at their workplaces and wherever they found themselves.

“Instead of making statements that are divisive and using the media to instigate strife, we must use our tongues to promote the peace of our beloved country. We must always remember that we can create a peaceful atmosphere and environment with our mouths,” he advised.

“During this festive season, our primary concern must be peace and goodwill towards one another, irrespective of our political differences,” Rev Ankrah added.

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