Message of the Holy Father Francis for the 53rd World Day of Social Communications, 24.01.2019

The following is the Pope’s message for the 53rd World Day of Social Communications, which this year will be held in many countries on Sunday 2 June, Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord:

Message of the Holy Father

«We are members one of another» (Eph 4:25).

From social network communities to the human community

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Ever since the internet first became available, the Church has always sought to promote its use in the service of the encounter between persons, and of solidarity among all. With this Message, I would like to invite you once again to reflect on the foundation and importance of our being-in-relation and to rediscover, in the vast array of challenges of the current communications context, the desire of the human person who does not want to be left isolated and alone.

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ARCHBISHOP PALMER BUCKLE ENDS PASTORAL VISIT AT ELMINA

Archbishop Buckle, Archbishop Nketsiah and the Priests of the parish with the Confirmed

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.

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2018 APPOINTMENTS & TRANSFERS

NAME OF PRIEST                                                                                                              PARISH/INSTITUTION

  1. Very Rev. Fr. George Opoku Danso (PP)               Stephen, DunkwA-On-Offin
  2. Fr. Peter Paul Donkoh (PV)                              St. Stephen, Dunkwa-On-Offin
  3. Fr. James Yaw Nkum (PV)                              St. Stephen, Dunkwa-On-Offin
  4. Fr. Ebenezer Arthur (PV)                                  St. Edward, Jukwa
  5. FR. Samuel Conduah (PP)                                        Sacred Heart, Breman Essiam
  6. FR. Benjamin Agyeman Duah (PV)                        Sacred Heart, Breman Essiam
  7. Fr. George Tandoh (PV)                                     Assumption of Mary, Katakyiase Nyankomasi
  8. Fr. Anthony Coffie (AG. PP)                                    St. John the Baptist, Twifo Praso
  9. Fr. Francis Ansah-Mensah (PV)                             St. John the Baptist, Twifo Praso
  10. Fr. Patrick R. Offin In-Charge                                Assin Nyankomase
  11. Fr. Anthony Boakye Affrifah (PV)                         Immaculate Conception, Assin Foso
  12. Fr. Collins B. Quaidoo In-Charge                          Holy Family, Foso Habitat
  13. Fr. Evans Afful (PV)                                            St. Joseph Minor Basilica, Elmina
  14. Fr. Bernard Ackon (AG-PP)                                    St. John the Baptist, Saltpond
  15. Fr. Joseph Mensah (PV)                                   St. John the Baptist, Saltpond
  16. Very Rev. Fr. Joseph E. Arthur ( Spiritual Director) Amisano Seminary
  17. Fr. Anthony Hayford (In-Charge)                         Benso Akropng  under Agona Swedru
  18. Fr. Edward Gyasi (PP)                                             St. Teresa, Diaso
  19. Fr. Theophilius Hagan (PP)                                   St. John the Evangelist, Abrem Agona
  20. Fr. Sylvester Essilfie (PP)                                        Immaculate Conception, Anomabo
  21. Fr. John Bernard Beecham (PV)                 Immaculate Conception, Anomabo
  22. Fr. Anthony Sackey: Chaplain, OLA College of Education; Lecturer, Pedu Seminary
  23. Fr. Augustine ESSel: Chaplain, Our Lady of Grace Hospital, Breman Asikuma
  24. Fr. Francis Oteng Dumfeh: Asst. Administrator, St. Luke Hospital, Apam
  25. Thomas Egyir : Chaplain, Archdiocesan Laity Council, In-Charge, Amamoma
  26. Fr. Charles K. Arthur In-Charge                           Asebu
  27. Fr. Alfred Danso (PV)                                       St. Stephen, Abura-Dunkwa
  28. Rev. Fr. Louis Emil (PP)                                        St. Joseph, Dawurampong
  29. Fr. Gabriel Addison (PP)                                       St. Paul, Denkyira Asikuma
  30. Fr. Alexander Aboagye (PP)                                  St. Raphael, Breman Brakwa
  31. Fr. Emmanuel Seli Adjine :PV & Teacher: Mary Queen of Peace Parish & School
  32. Fr. Joseph Morgan (PP)                                        St. Lawrence, Abora
  33. Fr. Francis Nyarko Bamfo (PV)                           St. Lawrence, Abora
  34. Fr. Anthony Arko Baidoo (PV)                             Blessed Trinity, Breman Asikuma
  35. Fr. Paul Peprah (PV)                                 St. Louis, Assin Darmang
  36. Fr. Louis K. Hammond: Chaplain: Aggrey Memorial, Ghana National, Sammo
  37. Fr. Francis K. Fynn Chaplain: Wesley Girls, Adisadel College, University Practice
  38. Fr. Joseph A. Abban: Asst. Financial Adm. & Sunday Mass at Ampenyi
  39. Fr. Joseph Damtse Crankson: In Residence: St. Anthony, Twifo Hemang
  40. Fr. Bonaventure Annan (AG Cathedral Administrator)

NEW APPOINTMENTS

The Archbishop, Most Rev. Charles Gabriel Palmer Buckle in consultation with the College of Consultors of the Archdiocese of Cape Coast has made some changes in the pastoral assignments of some priests in the Archdiocese. The newly-ordained have also been appointed to their respective places of work. The affected Parish Priests will assume duty by 9th November, 2018. Meanwhile, the newly-ordained have reported since 19th October, 2018.

MOST REV. CHARLES GABRIEL PALMER BUCKLE INSTALLED ARCHBISHOP OF CAPE COAST

Archbishop Charles Gabriel Palmer Buckle has been installed as the fifth Archbishop of Cape Coast with a call to the clergy and the Religious to be ever ready for any kind of missionary work. The installation Mass which took place at the St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, happened in the presence of many bishops, priests, vowed Religious, lay faithful and government representatives.

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ARCHBISHOP MATTHIAS NKETSIAH’S RESIGNATION

On, 11th May 2018 the Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana, His Excellency Most Rev. Jean Marie Speich, gave a press conference at which he issued the following statement: “His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of His Grace Archbishop Matthias Nketsiah of Cape Coast and has appointed His Grace Most Rev. Charles Palmer Buckle as the new Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cape Coast”.

This statement has given rise to a lot of misunderstanding, confusion and anxiety among many Catholics and the media houses. At the centre of all this is the use of the word “resignation”. Why has Archbishop Nketsiah resigned? Is he no longer happy being an archbishop? Has he done something wrong in the Church or in the Archdiocese which is causing him to resign? Is he running away from his work as a shepherd? Will he cease to be an archbishop? The answer to each of these questions is an emphatic No. The word “resign” in this context should not be taken in the normal secular sense in which one can resign from one’s work or job for any of the above reasons. In the context of the Catholic Church, when a bishop resigns, he does so on the grounds that he has attained the age stipulated by church law for bishops to retire (i.e. 75) or ill health. Moreover, unlike the secular usage, when a bishop resigns, he does not cease to be a bishop. He is still a bishop, but he is no longer in charge of the diocese.

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ARCHBISHOP NKETSIAH ORDAINS EIGHT AS PRIESTS

The Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast, Most Rev. Matthias Kobena Nketsiah has ordained eight deacons as Catholic priests at Apam in the Central Region of Ghana. The solemn and colorful ceremony which brought together family members, well wishers, Religious Sisters and Brothers, seminarians and a host of others also had Most Rev. Peter Paul Angkyer and many priests as concelebrants.

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Archbishop Kojo Amissah Remembered

The Archdiocese of Cape Coast under the auspices of  Most Rev. Matthias Kobena Nketsiah, has commemorated  the 25th Death Anniversary of the  first Archbishop of Cape Coast Archdiocese, Most Rev. John Kojo Amissah (late), with two memorial lectures and a memorial Mass.The Memorial Mass which took place in the Archdiocesan Cathedral where his mortal remains lay was followed with a brief wreath laying ceremony. The first lecture which took place in Accra, was given by Archbishop Emeritus Peter K. Sarpong with Archbishop Charles Palmer Buckle taking the second at the Cape Coast University Auditorium. In all these lectures, the speakers diligently talked about who Kojo Amissah was, his ideals and convictions, his strong personality and his ever-readiness to defend the Catholic faith in Ghana and in Africa as a whole. The speakers underscored what he stood for during his life and they showed the relevance of his legacy to our contemporary days. At the end of the week-long celebration which saw the launching of an Educational Endowment Fund in his

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SIX CELEBRATE SILVER JUBILEE

Five priests from the Catholic Archdiocese of Cape Coast and a priest from the Sekondi Takoradi Diocese have marked their 25 years of priestly ordination at Pedu Seminary with a solemn Thanksgiving Mass. The celebration which brought together family members and many well-wishers had Most Rev. Matthias Kobena Nketsiah in attendance.

Giving the homily, the Vicar General, Very Rev. Fr. Isaac Ebo-Blay said that the celebration of a Jubilee is a time of joy, liberation, reconciliation, forgiveness and love and so the occasion of their anniversary had brought a great joy to the Archdiocese and beyond. Father, however, admitted that their call like those of Isaiah and the apostles had not been without trepidation and uncertainty. The God who chose them knew their weakness yet he went ahead to call them.

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