ABUJA, JULY 5, 2021(CISA)-Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has urged members the Association of Catholic Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (ACMPN) to let their faith shine as they serve humanity in their calling.
“You are called to listen with attention, to answer with suitable words that accompany the gestures of care making them more human and therefore also more effective. You are called to encourage, to console, to raise up, to give hope. Dear Catholic medical practitioners, let the light of your faith shine in all you do. You must remember that seven of history’s most brilliant scientists were Catholics,” he said.
The archbishop spoke July 2 at St. Gabriel Catholic Church during the opening of the 15th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of members of ACMPN.
“Your calling as doctors is a special vocation to be at the service of humanity, to be part of the solution to the problem of pain in the world… people have great confidence and faith in medical doctors because of your medical skills, so, you must not fail them as doctors, just as we Priests must not fail people who trust us to show them the way to eternal life,” he said.
Archbishop Kaigama encouraged the Catholic doctors in Nigeria to exercise their profession steeped in faith and spirituality.
“Even though equipped with medical or scientific knowledge, we still find our inadequacies in healing the bodily wounds or safeguarding life. The Covid-19 Pandemic is one such medical mystery that seems to have generated divided opinions. The doubts about the authenticity of the vaccine, shows that medicine with faith practice must go together,” he added.
The prelate further commended the Catholic doctors for sacrificing their time to come together to reflect from the point of view of faith on their call to service as medical practitioners.
The General Assembly is being held under the theme, “Universal Health Coverage (UHC) 2030, Health Security, the role of Catholic doctors.”