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Religion of Sunday, 19 August 2007

Source: GNA

Rev. George Kocherry visits Upper West Region

Wa, Aug. 19, GNA - Catholic faithful in Wa on Friday lined up the streets to welcome the Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana, Most Rev. George Kocherry to Wa, the regional capital.

He was met by motorcycle and bicycle riding crowd and was welcomed by the Upper West Regional Minister, Mr. Mr. George Hikah Benson. A girl presented him with a calabash of water and another girl, a bouquet of flowers.

The Nuncio whose visit was blessed with morning rain was presented with a cross at the entrance of the church. He kissed it and gave it back.

The Nuncio who would be in the region for five-days, would tour catholic institutions and meeting with some traditional rulers and Muslim leaders to interact with them to foster mutual understanding and trust to promote peaceful co-existence.

At the church, he was introduced to the congregation by host Bishop, Most Rev. Paul Bemile, who described the Nuncio as a true missionary of the Catholic Church who frequently reached out to the people in the communities to interact with them, sometimes under difficult conditions. Most Rev. Bemile urged Catholics to respect the principles of the church and show their loyalty and also respect other people with different faith.

The Nuncio on his part, prayed for peace for the people of Wa, in particular and the region as a whole. Rev. Father Mathias Mornah, in a scripture reading at a special mass organised in his honour, urged Catholics not to despise people, especially the poor. He said such practice has the tendency of moving people away from reaching out to Christ.

Father Mornah reminded Catholics that it was not enough to show regret for sins without pragmatic measures to pursuit Christian values.

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