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Ghana’s bishops see urgent need for evangelization

Catholic World News - November 20, 2013

Despite “packed” churches, Ghana is in urgent need of a new evangelization, the nation’s bishops said in a November 15 statement.

“The Christian faith reached the shores of Ghana over 500 years ago and has since made so many inroads into our Ghanaian society and life,” the bishops said in their statement. “However, after so many years of evangelization and various efforts to grow and deepen the faith, it has become evident that at the turn of the third millennium there is an urgent need for this faith to be re-proposed to the men and women of today with a renewed zeal.”

“In spite of her flamboyant religious garb, the changing social, cultural, economic and political situation in Ghana is making a deep and personal encounter with Jesus Christ very difficult,” the bishops continued. “Although there are no signs of an outright rejection of Jesus Christ and his message, there are indications of growing indifference towards the message of the Gospel and a lack of personal commitment to Him on the part of those who bear the name Christian. Whereas our churches are packed on Sundays with faithful worshippers the fruits of this religious fervor are yet to be manifestly visible in our socioeconomic and political life.”

The West African nation of 24.7 million is 57% Protestant, 12% Catholic, and 16% Muslim; 9% retain indigenous beliefs.

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