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Cathedral plans won't be amended to accomodate others - Rev. Frimpong Manso

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A member of the board of trustees supervising the National Cathedral project has rejected suggestions that the proposed architecture for the cathedral be amended to accommodate other religions.

“This is the decision from the President, he didn’t say 'I am making an interfaith centre'. He said 'I was building a cathedral for Christians',” Reverend Prof Paul Frimpong Manso told Raymond Acquah on Upfront programme Thursday.

At a time when the controversy about where the construction of a National Cathedral should be built and how much of it should be borne by the taxpayer deepens, the Chief Imam’s spokesperson is proposing an interfaith centre instead.

Sheik Aremeyaw Shaibu believes a National Cathedral will only serve Christians while an interfaith centre could have both mosque and church to serve the two largest religions in the country.

President Akufo-Addo announced the scheduled construction of the National Cathedral to mark Ghana’s 60th-anniversary celebrations.

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He explained that the Cathedral will be used for all formal state occasions of a religious nature, such as presidential inaugurations, state funerals, and national thanksgiving services.

He believes whatever edifice will be put up should serve both religions, not one.

“If it is in respect of our 60th Independence Anniversary, is the independence for one section of the country or for the whole of the country,” he queried.



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