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Authentic Catholicism

I don’t suppose the news story below (from Ghana ) will have made any headlines in the US or in Europe, but in Africa, it is of sufficient importance to have made a national news agency, and from there to my Google News service for the Catholic Church. This is entirely appropriate, because this story and what it represents, neatly illustrates an important part of what authentic Catholicism is all about:

Catholic Church provides boreholes for

deprived communities in Upper East

The Navrongo-Bolgatanga Diocesan Development Office (NABOCADO) of the Catholic Church has drilled 13 boreholes valued at GH¢ 176,198 for 13 communities in its jurisdiction.

The beneficiary communities are Saboro/ Kawenia in Nakong, Kayoro-Wumbeo, Nayagnia, Mirigu-Nabango-Nyanga, Kandiga-Lemizongo all in the Kassena-Nankana West District, in Upper East Region.

The rest are Jimbale, Soghaam, Kufuk, Gingbane, Tambok and Kinkangu also in Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo District, in the Northern Region.

Commissioning the facility at the weekend at Nakong, in the Kassena-Nankana District, the Administrator of the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Diocese, Monsignor Thomas Anamooh, said the Catholic Church was following the foot steps of Jesus Christ by attending to the social needs of the people.

According to him, people could not assimilate the word of God on empty stomachs and so the Church could only effectively win more souls for the Church when it gave critical attention to the needs of the people, especially the poor.

Msgr. Anamooh indicated that, it was based on this conviction that the Church decided to provide the boreholes to the communities to provide potable water for them because it was one of their pressing needs.

Full report at Ghana News Agency.

In the Western world, we use water carelessly, without a thought. We shower or bath daily, sometimes more often. We use it freely in our dishwashers and washing machines. We wash our cars, and in drier or hotter climates we water our gardens and fill our swimming pools. Water definitely makes our lives more comfortable and pleasant, yet we hardly give it a thought. In rural Africa, water is not about comfort – it’s a daily grind for survival.

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