31 Dec 2013 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 31 DEC (NAMPA) - Archbishop Liborius Nashenda of the Roman Catholic Church in Namibia has urged young Namibians to have a new attitude of fighting against HIV/AIDS, alcohol and drug abuse in the new year (2014).
Archbishop Nashenda, who heads the Archdiocese of Windhoek, told Nampa in an interview on Tuesday that the world just celebrated the birth of Christ(on 25 December), describing Jesus as a true source of peace.
Let peace transform our nation in 2014, he requested.
Jesus, also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth or Jesus Christ, is the central figure of Christianity - the world's largest religion - whom the teachings of most Christian denominations hold to be the Son of God.
Nashenda noted that 2013 had its good and bad challenges and tribulations, but appealed that let bygones, be bygones.
The Archbishop also asked that the year 2014 be free of corruption, tribalism, passion killing, baby dumping and gender-based violence in Namibia.
In this new year we must continue to build the nation with the spirit of love, unity and reconciliation, he stated.
According to Nashenda, 2014 is the Year of the Family as declared by Pope Francis of the Catholic Church, and called upon parents to share love with their families in the new year.
He also urged the nation to focus on aspects which are constructive, and not destructive for nation building.
Nashenda further called upon leaders in all fields of leadership to continue delivering service to all Namibians.
With 2014 being an election year for Namibia, he called upon all Namibians to exercise political tolerance.
Let us practice democracy when electing our future leaders without intimidated conscious, he stressed.
Namibians will go to the polls in November 2014 in Presidential and National Assembly elections.