KAYANZA July 13th (ABP) – Burundi Head of State Evariste Ndayishimiye was on Saturday July 10 in Kayanza province (northern Burundi) where he joined the Christians of the Ruganza parish in the ceremonies of celebration of the diamond jubilee of that parish of the diocese of Ngozi, a check by ABP revealed.
Those ceremonies, which saw the participation of some members of the government, the former President of the Republic Domitien Ndayizeye, parliamentarians and other senior officials from different parishes of the diocese of Ngozi, coincided with the priestly and diaconate ordination, as well as the collation of the ministries of the readership and acolytes.
In his homily, the bishop of the diocese of Ngozi, Mgr. Georges Bizimana, who based himself on the Holy Scriptures from the book of Leviticus, stressed that the jubilee is a good opportunity to look back on the benefits that God has made in everyone’s life, and also a good time to correct the obstacles encountered during this whole period. He asked the ordained to be good shepherds who care deeply about their flocks. Bishop Bizimana called on Catholic Christians to consider newly ordained priests as divine gifts and to welcome them better because, he said, they have a big role in the life of a Christian.
In his address of greetings to Christians, President Ndayishimiye congratulated Ruganza Parish on 75 years of existence. He took the opportunity to thank the Catholic Church for its unwavering support in the socio-economic development of the country and asked it to continue on the same path.
Addressing the newly ordained, he asked them to support the administrative officials in the fight against poverty which, he stressed, is the common enemy of the Burundians. He also recommended that they preach forgiveness and reconciliation.
President Ndayishimiye called on all Burundians to shed the dark past the country has been through and go about development works.