By Peter Amine
Jos – Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos has charged Christians to be agents of peace in their communities.
Kaigama gave the charge on Sunday at the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Uganda Martyrs Catholic Church, Kuru near Jos.
The Archbishop who is also the President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), told the parishioners of the church to be proactive in their relationships with others.
“We must be promoters of peace in our communities; and as agents of peace, we must stop crises before they escalate,’’ he said.
The cleric also spoke on the importance of the Pentecost Day that the Catholic Church celebrates today as a day when the church recalled the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the apostles after the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven.
He said that Christians would only be able to work for peace if they allowed the Holy Spirit to dwell in them.
He said that the Holy Spirit is a strong promoter of justice and love that brings about peace.
Kaigama said that they should be courageous, determined and tireless in doing good just as he reminded them that they might sometimes suffer in the course of pursuing peace.
The archbishop commended the people and the Plateau State Government for the prevailing peace in the state and urged them to sustain it.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the archbishop administered the Sacrament of Confirmation on 765 faithful during the Mass.
NAN also reports that Kaigama had on Saturday wedded 52 couples during a mass wedding.
Rev. Fr. David Ajang, the Parish Priest, Uganda Martyrs Catholic Church, said that the event was a tripartite celebration.
“Today we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of our Church; the Pentecost and on Saturday, we celebrated our Patron Saints Day that is celebrated every June 3, ’’ Ajang said.