By Abuchi Onwumelu
The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship, Most Reverend Paulinus Ezeokafor, has urged the people of Anambra State to visit the designated health Centres and get themselves vaccinated.
Bishop Ezeokafor, who stated this at St. Andrew’s Parish, Adazi Nnukwu, in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State, while delivering a homily to mark this year’s Chrism Mass/Cathedraticum Celebration, doused the fear of possible side effect of the vaccine as expressed in some quarters.
He stressed the need for people to harken to the call for COVID-19 vaccination by the government, acknowledging that no vaccine was entirely free from side effects, adding that the vaccine would help in no small measure in checkmating the spread of the disease.
‘Even though there are elements of insincerity on the side of the government, people should ignore that aspect and focus on that which will better their living and save them from contracting the disease.
‘People should not allow the rumours making the rounds that the vaccine could be injurious to their health to discourage and stop them from getting vaccinated,’ he said.
Bishop Ezeokafor who said that COVID-19 was still very much around and deadly, admonished Ndi Anambra to keep to COVID-19 protocols by maintaining social distancing, washing their hands regularly and also wearing facemasks at all times.
While speaking on the essence of the Chrism Mass cum Cathedraticum Celebration, the prelate charged Christians to always support their priests spiritually, physically and materially, saying that as followers of Christ, they should understand that priests were Christ’s representatives on earth and deserved to be encouraged and protected.
He enjoined the priests to endeavour to practice what they preached, noting that their primary assignment was to propagate the Gospel of Jesus Christ, urging them to continue in their onerous task of winning souls for Christ
Describing the Holy Thursday observation as a spiritual reawakening moment for all and sundry, Bishop Ezeokafor urged Christians to imbibe the spirit of prayerfulness and be steadfast in pursuit of heavenly goal.
He enjoined the priests to always see themselves as Christ’s representatives here on earth and endeavour to carry out their assignments with utmost sense of humility and responsibility, noting that many families, individuals, groups and society at large, looked up to them for direction.
Bishop Ezeokafor admonished Catholic faithful to be more intimate with the things of God, as well pay less attention to worldly things. This is even as he asked them to always pray for their priests.
He noted that they (priests) also needed prayers to survive the turbulent world.
The Catholic prelate who supervised the renewal of ordination vow by priests in the Diocese, urged Christians to remain resolute in their faith in God.
He said after the renewal of ordination vows, priests must endeavour to live a life that reflected Christ in all aspects as they related with the people.