Work is always at the service of man, and not vice versa” is what Father Benjamin Bosepa stated, during the mass of thanksgiving and petition for blessings held on 1st May to mark International Labour Day, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker.
The President of the Republic, Head of State and of the Government, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the first worker of Equatorial Guinea, went to mass accompanied by the First Lady, Constancia Mangue de Obiang.
In the homily focussing on St. Matthew, Benjamin Bosepa highlighted the importance of work for the development of societies, Work is a universal act; all humans must work because work dignifies man”.
The solemn Eucharist brought together leaders from all institutions in the country, companies, employees from the public and private sectors, and the faithful from the Archdiocese of Malabo.
During the offertory, the employees from various firms operating in the capital offered various gifts to the ministers on the altar.
The First of may was particularly celebrated this year, as it coincided with the centenary of the creation of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), founded in Geneva on 11th April 1919.
The ILO has a role in promoting labour rights, boosting opportunities for decent work, an improvement in social protection, and the strengthening of dialogue when covering matters relating to work.
During the religious ceremony, the Head of State and Constancia Mangue de Obiang laid flowers on the altar.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office