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Religion of Saturday, 26 January 2019

Source: vaticannews.va

Young people are close to my ministry - New Archbishop of Accra

Archbishop John Bonaventure Kwofie, CSSp will be installed in the Holy Spirit Cathedral, as the new Archbishop of Accra on 1 March 2019.

In an exclusive interview with Ghana’s The Catholic Standard, Archbishop Kwofie said, “The youth occupy a special place in my heart and pastoral plan. We often talk about the youth as leaders of the future, but they are more than that. They are also leaders of today who are building the future,” said the new Accra prelate.

Archbishop Kwofie has succeeded Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle, who was appointed as Ghana’s Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast on 11 May 2018.

Young people are full of ideas and energy

The Archbishop of Accra stated that young people are full of ideas, energy and are searching to make meaningful commitments for their future, in marriage or in a career or professional life.

“This,” he said, implies that, “they need the attention and accompaniment of their parents, priests, and Church leaders in the hard task of constructing a future as individuals and as a body in the Church,” said Archbishop Kwofie.

According to the Archbishop, sometimes older people feel young people disturb their peace and settled life. Instead, the Archbishop noted that “It is important that as a Shepherd and with my priests, we recognise the energy young people bring to the Church and help direct it to the growth of the Church and ultimately, their own future,” he said.