Catholics should be instruments of peace, love and justice in Nigeria – Archbishop Schick
Nigerian Catholics have been urged to be instruments of peace, love, joy, justice and solidarity, “because Jesus Christ died on the cross and gave us a good gospel, ended up on the cross, and after three days rose from the dead.”
The message was delivered by a Catholic cleric from Germany, Archbishop Ludwig Schick, who is Archbishop of Bamberg – one of the oldest Archdioceses in Germany – as old as about 1,000 years in existence. He was in Jos on a visit of friendship to the Archdiocese of Jos and Nigeria.
The German Archbishop was speaking, while delivering his sermon at St Matthew’s Catholic Church Giring, Abattoir, in Jos on Wednesday evening, together with the Archbishop Jos, Ignatius Kaigama. Archbishop Schick said “Nigerians have suffered a lot from crises, and we show our solidarity through prayers, offer Masses for peace, progress and unity in the world and Nigeria.”
He maintained that “the Catholic Church is international, because it is all over the world, and our risen Lord chances peace, love, joy, justice and solidarity; that is why we must show solidarity from country-to-country as instruments of peace, joy, justice, love, unity and solidarity, among others.”
He further stated that, “the message of the ‘Risen Lord’ is for us to be good instruments by repenting and gain his kingdom, because this kingdom is for all, by doing justice and peace.”
He commended the effort of the Archbishop of Jos, Ignatius Kaigama, for his activities in the Church in Nigeria, which has fostered good relationship to all God’s people, which he said, “is a very good sign for peace in Nigeria.”
Archbishop Ludwig Schick is current president of Catholic Bishops of Germany. Compared to the German Archdiocese’s 1000-year age span, the Jos Catholic Archdiocese rubs shoulders, with its 64 years, after being created in 1953.
Archbishop Schick was joyfully received by parishioners of St Matthew’s Catholic Church, Giring, in their colourfull traditional dresses, both children and adults.