Benin City, Nigeria, Nov 29, 2016 / 06:04 am America/Denver (CNA).
As the Catholic Church’s Year of Mercy came to a close, a gathering of Nigerians took the time to reflect on God’s mercy and prayed to be more merciful towards others in their lives.
“All who are suffering and who feel that God is distant should have recourse to the mercy of God who forgives and who cannot abandon his children,” the Catholic Biblical Association of Nigeria said in a statement. “God does not give up on anyone; and we should not give up on God.”
The association issued the statement at the close of its four-day annual convention, which took inspiration from the Year of Mercy that concluded Nov. 20.
This convention’s theme was “Mercy and Justice in the Bible.” The convention was held Oct. 25-28 at the Bishop Patrick Kelly Pastoral Centre in Benin City, the Catholic News Agency for Africa reports.
The biblical association encouraged everyone to ensure that mercy, not punishment or revenge, has primacy in their relationships.