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Red Mass for Ghana Law Society: The Church of England Newspaper, October 21, 2012 p 6. October 22, 2012

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Archbishop Justice Akrofi

In his final public appearance as Primate of the Church of the Province of West Africa, Archbishop Justice Akrofi told members of the judiciary at Ghana’s annual “red mass” last week their vocation was the pursuit of truth.

Dr. Akrofi, who retires on 29 October 2012 upon reaching his 70th birthday, told members of the law society of Ghana at the ceremony held at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Accra marking the start of the legal term: “You may be dispensing law. But in that role you are representing the community, its solidarity, its permanence, its continuity. So what is manifestly a legal exercise is actually a sacred, powerful sanction of authority to serve the solidarity, permanence and continuity of the society and nation.”

Truth is “sacred”, the archbishop said in his sermon at the 55th annual service, and a just judge must never play “fast and loose with it.”

First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.

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