By Nkengasong Calesta*
Over six thousand Catholic Christians –mostly delegates from across Cameroon, yesterday Saturday October 5 converged on Small Soppo-Buea, to glorify the Almighty God on the occasion of the closing ceremony of the Year of Faith.
A host of Cameroon’s Catholic bishops attended the ceremony whose chief celebrant was Emeritus Archbishop of Douala,Christian Cardinal Tumi,sitting in for the Apostolic Nuncio to Cameroon ,His Excellency Mgr. Piero Pioppo, who was absent.
The celebration started from Thursday, October 3 to Saturday October 5, 2013 at the Regina Pacis Cathedral in Small Soppo
In his welcome address, Bishop Immanuel Bushu of the Diocese of Buea expressed happiness for the choice of Buea which is first Catholic Diocese in the Country, as host for the important ceremony.
He briefed the congregation on the significance of the Year of Faith, decreed last year by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, to be observed world-wide by Catholic Christians from October 4, 2012 to November 24, 2013.
Drawing inspiration from Luke 10: 17-24, Cardinal Tumi in his homily, urged the Christians to live by faith and to profess and defend their faith everywhere
Cardinal Tumi went further to ask the Christians to love those who hate them and do good to all, adding that their reward will be great since God is good even to the ungrateful
“It is not enough to profess the faith, live the faith, celebrate the faith and also pray it; prayer is a gift from God and prayer and faith go together,” the distinguished clergyman told the large audience of faithfuls.