Catholic community in Igala urges members to undergo regular medical checkups – The Sun Nigeria



By Noé Ebije, Kaduna

The All Saints Igala Catholic Community of Nigeria (ASICCON) Kaduna Archdiocese has advised its members to undergo regular medical examinations to avoid complications and mortality.

Speaking on the occasion of the celebration of All Saints Day 2022, the President of ASICCON Kaduna Archdiocese, Mr. Simon Idakwo noted that health issues have plagued many of its members due to old age and the accompanying socio-economic difficulties in the country.

He said: “As a community too, there are challenges. Health issues militate against our members and members are encouraged to undergo regular check-ups to avoid complications and mortality.

“Another notable challenge is age. Many members are aging. Economic hardship and insecurity are challenges. We must continue to pray for peace in our state and country.

“Our young people are encouraged to get excited about All Saints’ Day activities so they can take over from their aging parents.”

Mr. Idakwo also spoke about the essence of the celebration: “The Feast of All Saints is an annual holiday celebrated by Christians around the world to recognize the bond between the Church Militant and the Church Triumphant and to pray for the Suffering Church, that is, our brothers and sisters in Purgatory.

“In the year 609 AD, Pope Boniface IV celebrated the feast on May 13 when he dedicated the Temple of the Pantheon as a church to the Virgin Mary and All Saints.

“This gave rise to All Saints’ Day but in the following century that date was moved to November 1 by Pope Gregory III to coincide with many pagan holidays so that at the interface Christians could convert pagans.

“In the Archdiocese of Kaduna, the celebration of this feast among the Catholics of Igala is sacrosanct as it marks the anniversary of the current ASICCON which is the umbrella of the Catholic faithful of Igala in the Diaspora.

“Since then, our contributions to Catholic activities in the Archdiocese of Kaduna and beyond can never be overstated, as we have encouraged our children to attend seminary and convents.

“Many of them today are Catholic Priests and Reverend Sisters of the Archdiocese of Kaduna. There are many more who will be ordained shortly. May God keep our lives to witness these ordinations .

“Our small contributions to the home diocese for the same course have not ceased. May God continue to reward our efforts.

“As the people of God, we are reminded to be united and steadfast in prayer for ourselves, our state and our country that in next year’s elections God will give us credible leaders who would be sensitive to the suffering of our people.

“As obedient citizens of our country, we must obey simple instructions in obtaining our voter cards and using them wisely to elect the candidates of our choice.

“We should avoid selling our cards for peanuts as it will cause us big problems for the next four (4) years. We will never fail in the name of Jesus”.

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