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Catholic Archdiocese of Jos holds Memorial Mass in honor of late Archbishop Ganaka

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

A cross-section of Catholic clergy during the Memorial Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Jos, on Thursday.

The Catholic Archbishop of Jos on Thursday, at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Jos, held a Memorial Mass in remembrance of late Archbishop G.G. Ganaka.

Archbishop of the Archdiocese, his Grace Most Revd Dr Matthew Ishaya Audu, while speaking at the event, described the former Archbishop of the Archdiocese, G.G. Ganaka, as a “Priest, who stood for his calling and served God and humanity with zeal and sincerity.”  

He said Archbishop G.G. Ganaka raised and mentored many priests and faithful Christians, who are today serving God in various places and changing lives (of people) in the state and the country.

Archbishop Matthew Audu urged the congregation to sustain the late Archbishop’s legacies and seek for eternal things rather than earthly riches and titles that fade away.

Speaking also during the event, Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State said the legacies of the late Archbishop of Jos, Gabriel Gonsum Ganaka, have continued to manifest in the growth of the Church in Plateau State and other parts of the nation. 

He said the late Archbishop did a lot to plant the seeds for the growth of the Church and the propagation of the gospel in Plateau State and other parts of the country, particularly in the North. 

He said late Archbishop Ganaka taught love, humility, forgiveness, tolerance and sacrifice, which have been inculcated among the people in the various churches over the years. 

Lalong told the congregation to continue to pray for the leadership of the State and the Nation, especially at these difficult times, saying, “By the grace of God, the challenges will pass away soon.”  The governor said ahead of the 2023 elections, the people must pray and commit all political actors to God for direction and guidance, adding that, rather than panic, they should prepare to participate in the process and ensure that the right people are elected. 

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