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The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC), on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, released a statement expressing sympathy for persons affected by the deadly explosion that was experienced last Thursday, January 20, 2022, at Appiatse in the Western region of Ghana.

The explosion according to earlier reports was necessitated by a truck carrying explosives en route to a mining company that requested the services of the company that produces the explosives for mining purposes.

The statement signed by the President of the Conference, Most Reverend Philip Naameh, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Tamale, extended “sentiments of sympathy to” the Bishop of the area, Most Reverend John Baptist Attakruh “and the entire faithful of the Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi”, and acknowledged “the roles played by the Government of Ghana and other stakeholders to bring relief to the victims through their services and donations. We thank all the service providers and the donors for their prompt response and interventions.”

The statement concluded with the invocation of Mother Mary’s intercession for us.

The Catholic Church played a very key role in the relief exercise for the victims as most affected persons are being sheltered by a Catholic facility in the community.

Below is the full statement from the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC):

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Story by: Victor Yekple

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