Catholic Bishop Urges Religious Tolerance

May 2, 2004

Source: Ghana Home Page

On May 2, 2004, Ghana Home Page posted a GNA article that reported, "The Most Reverend Matthew Gyamfi, Catholic Bishop of Sunyani, has urged Ghanaians to cultivate the culture of tolerance to enable the country to achieve unity and national integration for the success of democracy. Bishop Gyamfi was delivering a talk on 'National Integration, through tolerance,' at the launch of the Brong Ahafo Regional launch of the Fourth Constitutional Week celebration at Nkoranza. He explained that even though God created mankind to have things in common, 'we have obvious differences as a people and there is the need for every individual, irrespective of difference in knowledge, personality, tribe or race, to respect the tradition or views of others.' The Bishop said: 'Our differences should not lead us into conflict, strive, insults and fighting as such negative acts have great effect on national development.' Bishop Gyamfi urged members of religious bodies to carry out their programmes such that they would not disturb the activities of other people in the society in order to promote religious tolerance. He noted that in tolerating each other's views, there would be peace and understanding among the people thereby promoting democracy in the country."