The Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast, Most Rev. Gabriel Charles Palmer Buckle has ended a three-day pastoral visit to the cradle of the Catholic faith in Ghana, St. Joseph Minor Basilica, Elmina with a call on Christians to remain steadfast in all their Christian life. The Archbishop who was given a rousing welcome by the parishioners, was full of praise for the faithful whose forefathers and mothers accepted the Catholic faith in Ghana for the first time and have kept same till now. The occasion was also used to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation on 174 candidates.
In his homily, Archbishop Buckle urged the faithful gathered and by extension all Christians to hold on to their faith and remain steadfast. He said Catholics should seize every opportunity in the season of Advent to reconcile with God and be ever ready to forgive the wrongs of others. He exhorted the faithful to keep watch and pray that the coming of Christ would not come upon them unprepared.
To the confirmed, the Archbishop urged them to pray to the Holy Spirit for direction and guidance. He further exhorted them to be steadfast in what he called the five pillars of Christian life namely: prayer, fasting, charity, the Word of God and Holy Communion.
He urged all to ask the Holy Spirit to help them do what is right: married couples, teachers, drivers and especially government workers who use cell phones at work should desist from such practice.
The Thanksgiving Mass which was celebrated at the frontage of Elmina Castle where the first Mass was celebrated in 1482 by the first Portuguese missionaries was attended by over 1000 people.
Archbishop Palmer Buckle was accompanied by Emeritus Archbishop of Cape Coast Most Rev. Matthias Kobena Nketsiah.
Compiled by: Very Rev Fr. Anthony Enyinful