By Christopher Chukwu

While delivering his homily at the ordination of eight young men as deacons, the metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna Diocese, Most Rev. Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso has reiterated that for peace to reign in our world, somebody must always be ready to play the fool.

The Archbishop while making reference to the present killings in Southern part of Kaduna State, cautioned the people to beware of reprisal attacks which he described as more harmful and dangerous and can lead to more bloodshed.

He further quoted the Holy Father, Pope Francis who tasked us to be bearers of peace, and that as peace bearers, we do not bring about peace through vengeance.

Speaking further on the solemnity of the day (Mary the Mother of God), he said, the moment Mary realized herself as God’s handmaid; God’s will was done in her life. Therefore, like our Mother Mary, we should realize ourselves by thinking positive of our country Nigeria, the Church and our families in other to make the world a better place.

Ndagoso tasked Christians all over the world to journey with Mary from this New Year henceforth and make her our companion so that she leads us to Christ, since true devotion to her leads one to Christ as advised by Pope Paul VI.

He challenged Christians never to be tired of reflecting on God’s word every day of their lives since the best way to proclaim the gospel is to always reflect on God’s word which will help people to have so many wonderful moments in their life time.

Rev. Fr. Edward Sati, the Vocations Director charged the deacons to be ready for the task ahead as they just started the journey of added responsibilities to what they had before, saying they should not be scared but be solely dependent on God and obedient to their superiors and the journey will be easier and smooth.

He thanked the Archbishop who agreed to ordain them after interrogating them critically and finding them worthy.

Part of highlights of the event was the presentation of certificate each to the newly ordained deacons by the Archbishop and their parents respectively who presented copies of the book of prayers (Breviary) in their native language as has been the custom of the Archdiocese for some years now.

The eight new transitional deacons are; Ali Godwin, Bobby Paschal, Igbanah Clement, Magaji Pius, Mango Raphael, Michael Guga, Nwagha Peter and Obochi Moses.

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