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ARCHBISHOP OKEKE URGES FAITHFUL TO KEEP EASTER HOPE ALIVE IN SPITE OF PRESENT GLOBAL CHALLENGES
Apr 22, 2020








ONITSHA, NIGERIA -

The Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Rev. Valerian Okeke has called on Nigerians to keep hope alive, amidst the joy of the Easter celebration, in spite of the present challenges confronting humanity, especially the CoronaVirus pandemic. The Archbishop made the call in his Easter message to the faithful of the Archdiocese, and the people of the country in general. The message was titled: Keep Hope Alive.


Archbishop Okeke who gave some definitions of hope noted that hope could be adduced in the general sense as human virtue; as well as  a Christian virtue; which is a gift from God, “not acquired but infused”.


Using dictionary references of definitions of hope, Archbishop Okeke noted that hope in general sense is a desire for something with some confidence, while in another form it is a desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment. He added: “Hope is further defined as the striving of the human person for a future that is possible, desirable but not easy to achieve. Nevertheless, it is a striving by which we move into our future with courage and perseverance. (cf. Otto Hentz)”


Speaking on hope as a human virtue, the Archbishop described it as “a move into our future with courage, confidence and perseverance.” He added: “This hope is anchored in our faith in God. Almighty God who can do all things, to whom nothing is impossible.” Noting that the Easter period is reliving the history of Christ’s passion and death which ended in his resurrection, the Archbishop urged that in spite of all challenges all over the world, Christians, especially Catholics must depend on God and keep hope alive.


He declared: “Today, the challenges of the present time are enormous including but not limited to the CoronaVirus pandemic. As a result of it, some people are passing through untold difficulties, frustrations, hunger, sickness, joblessness, high handedness of some of the law enforcement agents and price hype of essential commodities. But God who is omnipotent and omniscient is in charge of our world. We shall overcome!”


Urging the faithful to take necessary precautions, Archbishop Okeke admonished them to keep hope alive and move on to the future with courage, since the future is the hands of God. 


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