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Jan 22, 2018


The Holy Childhood Association (HCA) has been described as the most ideal forum for imbibing Christian values and teachings of the Catholic faith in Catholic children. The National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in Nigeria, Rev. Fr. George Ajana made this remark while speaking to Catholic News Service of Nigeria (CNSNig) in Abuja, on the preparations for the 2018 Holy Childhood Sunday slated Sunday, January 28.

Catholic parents have therefore been called upon to encourage their children to join the association as well as support the Church in making these children, who are the “tomorrow of the Church” better Christians and missionaries of love and compassion. According to the PMS director, the Holy Childhood Association is one of the four missionary groups under the auspices of the PMS for the evangelization apostolate of the Church and directly under the watchful supervision of the Vatican.

The ultimate goal of the association, Fr. Ajana disclosed is to help the children have deep knowledge of their faith, grow in it and be missionaries of the Church in reaching out with the Good News of Christ, particularly among their peers; and live an exemplary Christian life from childhood. He added that the society makes the children to be prayerful, meek, pious and respectful, following in the footsteps of Christ and growing in the ways of the Lord.

Speaking on the 2018 Holy Childhood celebration, Fr. Ajana stated that the theme for the celebration is: “I was naked, you clothed me”. He remarked that the theme is most ideal considering the present global challenges of violence and disasters of which children are vulnerable victims. His words: “In Nigeria and some other parts of the world; violence and natural disasters has uprooted and separated families and deprived children their rights to sustainable livelihood.”

The PMS director pointed out that collections and donations collected at this year’s HCA Sunday will be directed at providing assistance to vulnerable children in different parts of the world, who have been victims of violence and natural disaster. He appealed to all Catholics in the country to donate generously at Masses to assist Pope Francis in making life worth living for children in all parts of the world who have victims of a situation for which they were not responsible.

He assured that the money received will be judiciously used for the cause of providing succor for children victims of natural disaster and man’s inhumanity to man. He added that children are the most valued assets of the family, the society, the country and the Church.

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