8th August, 2011
Archbishop Valerian Okeke, of the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha has urged Nigerians to
continuously pray for Godâ€™s intervention in the security and development challenges facing the country.
Okeke said this on Sunday at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Field, Onitsha, Anambra while ordaining 14 priests into the Holy Order of Catholic Priesthood.
The priests ordained included two brothers of the same parent, Rev. Frs. Benjamin and Augustine Ogbunuko.
One of the two brothers was involved in accident two weeks ago and had to be conveyed in a wheelchair for the ordination.
The archbishop said that God was highly interested to move the country forward; adding that He required the trust and faithfulness of people to show His saving grace.
The archbishop urged the Christian faithful to show sympathy and empathy toward others; adding: â€œThis is the outstanding hallmark of our Lord Jesus Christ, which enabled Him to relate with all.â€
â€œWhile our Lord Jesus was on earth; His compassion and empathy knew no bounds to sinners even to those who persecuted and eventually crucified him,â€ he said.
Sen. Chris Ngige, on the occasion, called on people to practise what they heard in various worship places so that the country would be a better place for all.
â€œIt is clear that all religions condemn sin, violence and oppression. Our people must live according to what they hear in their various worship places,â€ Ngige, a former governor of Anambra, said.
Dr. Obinna Uzor, an elder statesman, said that the ordained priests would drive the message of peace and love in the country and world at large.
â€œI must salute the courage of these young men that have taken up the task of transforming the society and standing in the gap between God and men,â€