Akufo-Addo: Let’s deepen relationship between church and state 

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appealed for the strengthening of the relationship between the church and the state, saying it will help in the construction of a progressive and prosperous Ghana.

“Our nation relies on you (the church) to form your congregants on nation-building for them to see the importance of the social implication of the Gospel as it relates to national cohesion and development and the relationship between spirituality and work ethics,” Akufo-Addo said.

Speaking at the 28th national and 16th biennial congress of the National Union of Ghana Catholic Diocesan Priests Association on Wednesday (4 January), the President reiterated his strong belief in the “positive relationship between church and state.”

President Nana Akufo-Addo and the Catholic priests at the conference
President Nana Akufo-Addo and the Catholic priests at the conference

“In the course of my presidency, I have relied on your support in seeking your intercession to address the myriad of challenges that we have gone through together as a nation, prominent among which was the management of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

“You would recall that, on 19 March 2022, I hosted a breakfast meeting for all religious leaders at the presidency, during which I entreated the need ‘for us to join together and pray to the Almighty God to protect our nation, heal this land and save us from this pandemic.’ God heard us.”

President Nana Akufo-Addo
President Nana Akufo-Addo

The President thus continued to ask the church to pray for the country “so that we can surmount the current socioeconomic challenges we face together.”

He reiterated his determination to see a prosperous Ghana where justice and peace embrace, where the common good is safeguarded and promoted, where the bonds of fraternity, as called for by His Holiness Pope Francis in his encyclical Fratelli Tutti.

As a fully committed democrat, he re-assured the gathering of his commitment to ensure that Ghana continues to travel down the path of democratic engagement on which the country has been embarked for the last 30 years of the 4th Republic.

President Nana Akufo-Addo at the conference of the Catholic priests
President Nana Akufo-Addo at the conference of the Catholic priests

“It is important that all of us, priests and laymen, continue to uphold the democratic values whose application has produced this healthy result, and which provide us with the most effective means of resolving our contemporary difficulties and, thereby, preserving the freedom, progress, stability and unity of our nation,” he added.

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