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The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan has reiterated the paramount importance of peace and unity to make the world a better place for the common good of all mankind. Cardinal Onaiyekan made this assertion in his homily at the celebration of the Mass when he recently paid canonical visit to St Gabriel Chaplaincy, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), Durumi, Abuja.

According to the Cardinal: “If we are able in this world to share the blessings of God that come our way, there will be no poverty, misery and all the horrible things we see in the world today. Cardinal Onaiyekan also noted that even those who speak in terms of economic realities agree that there is enough resources in the world to feed everybody.

The Cardinal however regretted that greed and unequal distribution of the resources remain a worrisome bane in the perspective. His words: “…the only problem is that it is not well distributed and it will never be well distributed unless the world embraces the logic of Jesus Christ – the gospel of charity and faith.“

Using the readings of the Mass to buttress his point, Cardinal Onaiyekan drew the attention of the faithful to how the members of the early Church were so united that “they had everything in common”> He remarked:  “ we were told that those who were rich sold what they had brought the money together and they shared among themselves, and because of this, wonders and signs and miracles were being performed daily in their midst, this made a great impact on those who were out there watching them.”

Expressing concern about the Nigerian situation, with particular attention on the issue of corruption in the country, Cardinal Onaiyekan noted that the spirit of greed is still very much in the heart of many people and it is not easy to get things done properly. He however added that “it will require sincere conversion of heart of each person and without that no war against corruption will succeed.”

Addressing the faithful that received the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Mass, Cardinal Onaiyekan stated: “The only enemy that we have, above all is the evil that is in our heart and also the evil that is out there in the world which we live. Confirmation prepares us to be all the time ready to join hands with all other men and women of goodwill to combat the evil around us.”

Cardinal  Onaiyekan commended the priests and faithful of the chaplaincy for the gradual development in the chaplaincy adding: “…. and when we look across the structures coming up, we have every reason to thank God that He has made it possible for us to create a space here where many can come to gather to praise the name of the Lord and to seek His blessings. 


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