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Monday, May 09, 2016

World Communications Day 2016: Fr. Ahukanna urges dialogue, says its path to unity

The Parish Priest of St. Jude’s Catholic Church, Mafoluku, Oshodi-Lagos, Rev. Fr. Joseph Ahukanna, has urged for more dialogue among Nigerians, saying it’s the path to unity in diversity, reports ITRealms.

Fr. Ahukanna made this call during a homily he delivered to mark the 2016 World Communications Day in his parish on Sunday, May 8, saying that Nigerians should take delight in dialogue because it paves the way for communication and forgiveness which bottom line is unity.

According to him, when there is adequate communication, forgiveness is easy, thus building unity among humanity and Nigerians particularly.

He also said that unity emanated from the Trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, stressing that Christ Jesus prayed for unity among His followers ahead of time.

In addition, Fr. Ahukanna said that the Seventh Sunday of Easter, represents the unity Sunday for the Catholic Church, because it’s the only known date that Jesus Christ prayed for the unity of His followers ahead of time, knowing fully well that they will be under various persecutions.

Quoting the Gospel According to John chapter 17 verse 21 which states:

“May they all be one, just as, Father, you are in me and I am in you, so that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe it was you who sent me,” he said, stressing that Jesus Christ wanted Christians to be with Him so as for the world to recognize that He was sent by the Father.

“With me in them and you in me, may they be so perfected in unity that the world will recognise that it was you who sent me and that you have loved them as you have loved me,” Fr. Ahukanna reiterated, praying for unity among Nigerians, especially the Christendom.

The first reading was taken from the Acts of Apostel 7: 55-60 and second reading, an extract from the book of Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20; while the Gospel was taken from book of John 17: 320-26.

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