Bishop John Ayah of Uyo Diocese has called for a return of the world to the ways of God to save the universe from self-destruction and other calamities that are rampaging the world. The Bishop made the call in his homily at the Opening Mass for the first Plenary Meeting of the Association of Diocesan/Religious Directors of Communication, held recently at the Bishop James Moynagh Pastoral Centre, Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State.
According to the Bishop, the present Corona virus pandemic that is ravaging the world is a clear indication that something is wrong somewhere, and there is the need for all the people of the world to cry to God for forgiveness. The theme of the Plenary was: That you May tell Your Children and Grandchildren” (Ex. 10:2) Life Creates Story; and it was attended by about 25 directors from the nine Ecclesiastical Provinces in the country.
Bishop Ayah stated that the world has turned away from God and focused on the worshipping of modern technology and science; adding: “Churches are full to capacity of worshippers on Sundays, but are our hearts with God?” He continued: “Let us confess our sins because nobody is righteous before God, and before Him, we are all sinners. We should return to God, pray to him and seek healing for our country Nigeria and the whole world.”
Bishop Ayah called on all Christians to use the situation of the Corona Virus pandemic to renew our faith and come out boldly to show the world that we are true Christians and Catholics and reach out with the Good News of Christ. He added: “While the world is thinking of the economic and social impact of the present predicament, we should focus on the spiritual aspect of our life, remain steadfast in our faith and pray for the return of our brothers and sisters who have gone astray to return to the fold of Christ, which is the first, the true and authentic Church.”
Speaking on the invaluable role of communication in the evangelization mission of the Church, Bishop Ayah commended the directors who took the risk to attend the plenary and called on all Catholic media practitioners to do everything within their ability to propagate the Good News of Christs to all corners of the world.
He however noted that communication evangelization is better carried out with the best equipment, within and outside the Church; as well as the effective use of the social media and other modern means of communication to bring Christ to those who are yet to know him and also make those who have strayed to return to the fold. The Bishop emphasized the importance of reporting the truth always and avoiding fake news.
In his short remarks, the Deputy Governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Mr. Moses Ekpo, MFR; while welcoming the directors urged them to brace up to the challenge of helping the Church to be more proactive in her contribution to the development and growth of the country. He particularly urged that the meeting should deliberate on the present challenges facing the country, especially the global Corona Virus pandemic and help the Church to come out with positive ways of addressing the situation, to safe the country from worse experience. He noted that the Church should partner government in making life worth living for the majority of Nigerians and the communication apostolate has a vital role to play in this process.
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