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1 Mar 2017

Ash Wednesday: Catholic Priest Urges Christians To Be Peaceful

Rev. Fr. Philip Jamang, has
urged Christians to be peaceful and
loving throughout the lent season, as
Catholics, and other orthodox churches
all over the world mark the Ash
Wednesday.

Jamang, who is the Parish Priest, Church
of Assumption, Chongo Pyel, Jos, made
the call in an interview with the News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday
in Jos.

Ash Wednesday kick starts the lent
season; the 40-day prayer and fasting
season.
The cleric said the lent season operates
on a tripod that encourages Fasting,
Prayer, and Alms Giving.
He said Christians must use the lent
period to imitate Christ by showing
undiluted love and kindness to those in
need.

He also urged Christians to remain
peaceful in all their dealings and at all
times.
“It is fitting for Christians to imitate
Christ during this 40-day fasting and
prayer.
“Jesus used this period to show his
supernatural love for mankind, and so
we are oblige to do same to one
another devoid of religious
differences.
“Jesus during his fasting period
showed how peaceful he is, and that
was why even in the face of serious
challenges, he remained peaceful
“As much as Christians are facing
series of challenges today, I still want
to urge us to be peaceful and kind to
our fellow Christians and Muslims
alike.
“We must eschew violence and
embrace peace, for most of these
challenges are manmade, and
certainly, God will bring succour
soon, ” he assured.
The cleric further admonished Christians
to reach out to the needy in the society,
so as to make them have a feel of the
dignity of life.

The priest also called on Christians to use
the lent period and pray for Nigeria,
adding that only through fervent prayers
will the country attain its desired goals.

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