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General News Fri, 30 Jun 2006

Catholics organised thanksgiving service for Dery

Tamale, June 30, GNA - Peter Cardinal Porekuu Dery, Archbishop Emeritus of Tamale, has called on the Catholic Church to take youth formation and training seriously to sustain the future development and progress of the church. He said it was important for the church to train the youth on the regeneration of things to enable them to do the right things in the future. Peter Cardinal Dery made the call at a thanksgiving mass organised by the Tamale Arch Diocese of the Catholic Church in his honour in Tamale on Thursday. Most Rev. George Kocherry, Apostolic Nuncio, and priests from across the country attended the mass that was celebrated by Most Rev Philip Naameh, Bishop of Damongo. Hymns singing, traditional drumming, singing and dancing and merry making characterized the occasion. Peter Cardinal Dery urged the church to take it as a challenge to correct the mistakes of the youth and inculcate in them catholic values to take up the leadership of the church. He called on Christian churches to remain united as a family to preach the gospel to win more souls for Christ. "Let us take everybody into our fold, even the greatest sinner should not be left out", he said. Alhaji Mustapha Ali Iddris, the Northern Regional Minister, appealed to the Church and the state to embark on a crusade to remould the youth who were the future leaders of the two institutions. He said indiscipline among the youth has become the greatest obstacle to Ghana's progress as resources meant for the development of the country had been wasted away. He called on the Catholic Church to continue to complement the government's efforts in the provision of educational, health and agricultural facilities. Alhaji Iddris described Peter Cardinal Dery as a man who has been blessed right from birth and destined to achieve what he has achieved. 30 June 06

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Source: GNA
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