Church in Ghana to Re-Consecrate Nation to the Sacred Heart During Diamond Anniversary Celebrations
CANAA || By Damian Avevor, Ghana || 20 February 2017
The Catholic Church in Ghana is organising a Novena in spiritual preparation for the re-consecration of the Republic of Ghana to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the occasion of the 60th anniversary celebration of Ghana’s independence.
Ghana was first consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus during Mass on 3 March 1957 at the Holy Spirit Cathedral of Accra. This was as a prelude to Ghana’s independence that was celebrated on 6 March 1957.
The Novena, which is set to begin on February 23 and end on 3 will be followed by the re-consecration programme on March 4, as Ghana marks its Diamond Jubilee celebration March 6, 2017.
A Planning Committee, headed by the Archbishop Charles G. Palmer- Buckle, Vice President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) has the mandate of working out the modalities for the spiritual celebration of the diamond jubilee of the country, which gained its independence from British colonial rule.
The Holy Father, Pope Francis has appointed Giuseppe Cardinal Bertello, President of the Governatorate of Vatican City State as his special envoy to celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of Ghana and the Holy See as well as the 60th Independence Anniversary of the Republic of Ghana.
The re-consecration will comprise an ecumenical and inter-faith Prayer Service. In attendance will be the Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana, Archbishop Jean-Marie Speich; the President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Philip Naameh and other Bishops.
The re-consecration on March 4, will take place during an Ecumenical and Inter-faith prayer service to be attended by the Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana, Archbishop Jean-Marie Speich; the President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Philip Naameh; other Catholic Bishops, leaders of other Religious bodies and the State functionaries led by the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.