Security threat: Archbishop advocates ban on use of backpacks in church

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A Ghanaian Archbishop has advocated for the ban of backpacks in the church as a measure to check attack on churches.

The Archbishop of Accra,  Most Reverend John Bonaventure Kwofie, made the call during a high mass to climax the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the Our Lady Star of the Sea Auxiliary No 330 of the Knights of St John International in Takoradi.

Most Reverend explained that the ban on the use of backpacks in the Church would help prevent attacks since it was not possible to determine what people carried in their bags to church.
The Archbishop regretted that of late churches were being bombed across the world and asked all to be vigilant, especially the ushers, to be up to their tasks.

However, the Archbishop tasked the Knights and Ladies of St John International and Knights and Ladies of Marshal who are the ‘military’ of the Church to rise up and protect it in this era of attacks.
He asked Christians to be the light in society and endeavour to shine wherever they found themselves and also encouraged effective training of church ushers to help monitor the movement of people in and out of churches.

While delivering the sermon on the theme: “The Role of a Christian Woman in Today’s World”.
He called on the faithful to have trust and faith in God, who is capable of meeting all their needs.
Archbishop Kwofie, who is also the Apostolic Administrator of the Sekondi Takoradi Catholic Diocese, urged Catholics to be focused on the Church’s doctrines and desist from roaming from church to church for earthly things.
He commended the Knights and Ladies for the immense contributions they continued to make towards the growth and development of the Catholic Church, especially in the Sekondi Takoradi Diocese.
The service was preceded by a colourful parade by the Ladies Auxiliary, who also donated a cheque for 11,000 cedis towards the building of a church at Nuzulezu.
They also donated 5,000 cedis towards an ICT Centre for the Bishop Essuah School as well as a new Notice to Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral in Takoradi.

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