The Catholic Bishop of Wa, Most Reverend Richard Kuuia Baawobr, has said the Church is mindful that salvation of the mankind is not reserved for only the future kingdom.
He said salvation equally implies a transformation of the material circumstances of a person’s present life.
The Church recognised that the “joy and hope, the grief and anguish of the men of our time, especially of those who are poor or afflicted in any way, are the joy and hope, the grief and anguish of the followers of Christ as well”.
The Most Reverend Baawobr made this statement at the Nandom District Development forum organised as part of efforts to deepen local governance process to have all citizenry of Nandom to participate in the determination of the future outlook of the area.
The overall vision was to champion an inclusive non-partisan development through a conscious exploitation of the well-endowed human and God given resources within a framework of mutual trust and existence of economic opportunities for all.
The Most Rev. Baawobr who spoke on: “The Church and Missionary contribution to the development of Nandom – The past, present, and the future”, said the Church had carefully examined some of the urgent problems which affected the dignity of the human person.
He identified them as those of marriage and the family, culture, economic and social life, politics, the solidarity of peoples, and peace.
The Catholic Bishop said the Church had observed that in the midst of huge numbers, deprived of the absolute necessities of life there were some who live in riches and squander their wealth.
He said while a few individuals enjoyed an almost unlimited opportunity to choose for themselves, the vast majority had no chance whatever of exercising personal initiative and responsibility.
“The consciousness that nobody should live in circumstances that befitted of the human dignity is one of the main reasons why the Church, in the course of centuries, worked out principles of justice and equity for individual and social life and also for international relations.”
The Most Rev. Baawobr therefore urged Church and for that matter, Christians to engage actively in modern economic and social progress and in the struggle for justice and charity, knowing that they have much to contribute to the prosperity of mankind and to peace in society and the world.
Talking about the contributions of the Catholic Church to the development of Nandom in the past, the Most Rev. Baawobr said the Church had involved in some key sectors of the human development, namely education, health and integral human development and communication.
The Church had been keen and concerned about the reform of the economic and social order along with a change of mentality and attitude.
The Most Rev. Baawobr said the Catholic Church was first to introduce formal western education and human development to Nandom and its environs.
The Church helped to build educational institutions including; technical and vocational training schools to cater for the inadequate of mechanics and craftsmen and a hospital and 14 clinics established to help improve primary health care system in Nandom area.
It also established a hospital and Nursing Training Schools in Jirapa, provided some agricultural stations in Nandom, Funsi, Tumu and Lassia-Tuolu and introduced the Co-operatives and Credit Unionism concept to the people to improve local economies.