..Calls for prayer over Russia – Ukraine invasion
By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The Archbishop of Kaduna Archdiocese His Grace most Rev. Dr. Mathew Manoso Ndagoso has commissioned new St. Charles school built for N8 million by St. Charles Lwanga Catholic Church Angwan Sunday Kaduna.
The Bishop who performed the commissioning ceremony of the school during the two days pastoral visit to the parish on Sunday also called on the entire Catholics to pray very hard over the Russia invasion of Ukraine, saying the action may lead to third world war if prolonged.
Bishop Ndagoso who disclosed these while speaking to Journalists at the end of the commissioning ceremony, said the two days Pastoral visit was meant to encouraged members of the parish.
He also said that during the period of his visit, 14 parishioners were wedded while 92 others received their confirmation among other things.
“The first day, I had 14 weddings. Meaning that 28 full practising Catholics entered into full communion, it was wonderful”, he said.
“The second day I had 92 confirmation and 24 commission lectors. All these are clear signs that the church is growing, dynamic and moving. And if these things are happening that’s my joy as a Bishop, because my work is to enhance and proclaim the gospel.
“And if i see progress, I can be very happy. So I can say that last two days have been very exciting and revealing. I thank God for the community. You see that i crown it with commissioning of school. 14 couples. I come to encourage them for the good things they’re doing”, he added.
The Bishop also expressed dismay over Russia invasion of Ukraine noted that “What’s happening in Ukraine is unfortunate and frightening. There are fears that if this war prolonged, can lead to third world war.
“And only God knows what will happen with the kinds of sophiscated weapons available in the world today. Nuclear weapons that can go thousands meters away.
“We can only hope and pray that It doesn’t escalate, although it’s not too late to find diplomatic solution because nobody is safe anywhere including Nigeria here. If NATO and America who is also a member of NATO and others, get involved only God knows what will happen if war of this nature is sustained.
“I encourage everybody to pray in the Catholics church. Since the revolution of 1917, when Russia was Russia, our lady gave a message that we should pray for the conversion of Russia, and you
know it worked.
30years ago Soviet Union collapsed, the world experienced a beat of cold war, it ended. We don’t want another cold war and therefore we turn to our mother again. Pray the rosary, the wonder of what happened that time will happen again.
“It started with Russian invasion of Ukraine”.
On the school, he said “the community were renting it from the owner and arrangement was made to buy it. I was informed and supported the arrangement to buy it and the church bought it with N8 million. They made sacrifices and is now the property of the church.
Also in an interview, Rev father Antony Okelue, Parish priest of St. Charles Lwanga said “We re happy seen the Bishop. We don’t see the Archbishop everyday. He rarely come here. His coming will bring about progress in our community.
“We sat him down and told him what we’re doing outside of worship inside church. And when he sees it he was encouraged the more to give us support by way of advise, financial and otherwise.
“So apart from the sacrament he conferred on some of our members, we told him some of the things we feel that affect us as a community, and he help us to do better.
“interestingly, it was bearing his Grace. So I’ll say it was his Grace’s school but now we’ve rename it to St. Charles school. The structure with land and everything you we’ve here is about N8 million. We’re happy that with the support of good spirited people we’re sure that we’ll make progress”.
The chairman who expressed happiness over the Bishop visit to their parish thanked the parishioners for their contribution toward the success of the two day visit and for active performance.
“The visit is very important things that happen in our parish. I’m very excited. I’m happy about the turn up of our parishioners”, he said. and promised that the church will take goid care and maintenance of the school.
“Although we have very few number of pupils in the school for now. So the church comes in for to maintain the school. End