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The continuous formation of the laity has been described as a priority concern of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Liberia. This assertion was contained in the communiqué issued recently in Liberia by the Catholic Bishops of Liberia (CABICOL), at the end of its plenary conference, held at Archdiocesan Resource Centre, Randall Street, Monrovia, Liberia.

According to the communiqué signed by the President of the Conference, Most Rev. Anthony Borwah, Bishop of Gbarnga, Archbishop Lewis Zeigler of Liberia and  Most Rev Andrew Karnley, Bishop of Cape Palmas; the Bishops noted that after a fruitful interaction with the laity of the Church in the country, “ it clearly came out that in order to truly and faithfully carry out your duties, there is the need to have a continuous formation program for the Laity.

The Bishops continued: “Equally so, in order to make an impact on our social order with the values of the Gospel, you must be adequately catechized in the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. That is why we are earnestly calling on all Priests, Religious Brothers and Sisters to take the continuous formation of the faithful very seriously. The Sunday homilies cannot suffice. Each pastor must develop ways and means through which the basic teachings and practices of the Church are continuously taught.”

According to the communiqué, the Bishops during their deliberations discussed extensively on how to enhance the services of the Church in the areas of health, social services and education.  They announced the creation of the National Commission of Justice, Peace and Caritas (NCJPC) “which shall be the one national body responsible to oversee the design, delivery and evaluation of the   charity, development and social justice works of the Catholic Church of Liberia”.

The bishops outlined the successes achieved by the Church in the country in the areas of health, education, religious education and social services pointing out that: “All these efforts are ways through which we actualize the Gospel; for whatsoever we do the least of our brothers and sisters we do unto the Lord (cf Matt 25,40)”.

The bishops also spoke on the cordial relationship between the Church and the Government, their support for the “efforts of the universal Church to dialogue with all men and women of good will for the respect of religious liberties;” and stressed the need for the Church in the country to be self-reliant.

While calling on all stakeholders in the country to make the forth coming General Elections in the country, peaceful, free and fear, the Bishops also spoke on their concern for the challenges facing the country.

Their words: “Among these challenges, we reiterate our deep concerns about the sad reality of ritualistic killings, the practice of corruption and lack of integrity both in the public and private sectors, the economic hardship of our people linked with cumbersome tax procedures, and the lack of reconciliation. Again, we state that we are committed to working with our government in finding solutions to these and other common challenges.”


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