New Appointments at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN)

Below is the full list of New Principal Officers of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria:   President: Most Rev. Augustine Obiora Akubeze (Archbishop of Benin City); Vice–President: Most Rev. Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji (Bishop of Umuahia); Secretary: Most Rev. Camillus Raymond Umoh (Bishop of Ikot Ekpene); Assistant Secretary: Most Rev. Charles Michael Hammawa (Bishop of Jalingo). EPISCOPAL CHAIRMEN OF DEPARTMENTS 1. Pastoral Affairs – Most Rev. Valerian Okeke, (Archdiocese of Onitsha) 2. Church & Society – Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji, (Bishop of Umuahia Diocese) 3. Pastoral Agents – Most Rev.…

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Nigeria: Archbishop Kaigama bows out as CBCN president after 6 years, makes valedictory speech

ARCHBISHOP KAIGAMA MAKES VALEDICTORY SPEECH AS HE BOWS OUT OF THE OFFICE OF CBCN PRESIDENT AFTER 6 YEARS. I wish to happily inform you that I have come to the end of my second tenure (having served a total of six years) as the CBCN President. I look back with gratitude to my brother Bishops for the confidence reposed in me even though I knew I did not deserve the position…It was indeed a surprise to me when I was elected CBCN president. As a child, my only ambition was…

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Bishop Okpaleke expresses gratitude for his resignation

Bishop Okpaleke’s Appreciation Message The Holy Father today accepted my resignation and relieved me of the responsibility as the Bishop of Ahiara. Bishop Lucius Ugorji of Umuahia has been appointed the new Apostolic Administrator of Ahiara. I remain grateful to each of you for your prayerful good wishes and fraternity. *+Peter Okpaleke*

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Ahiara Diocese: Pope backs down in dispute with Nigerian priests, accepts bishop Okpaleke’s resignation

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a Nigerian bishop whose 2012 appointment sparked years of protest from the diocese’s priests, backing down from a confrontation eight months after threatening to suspend the priests should they continue to agitate. On Monday Feb. 19, the Vatican said the pontiff had accepted the resignation of Bishop Peter Okpaleke, head of the southern Nigerian diocese of Ahiara, and put neighboring Umuahia Bishop Lucius Ugorji in charge as apostolic administrator. Okpaleke was appointed to his post by Pope Benedict XVI but was never able…

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Catholics return to Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) after 5 years of withdrawal

After about five years of absence from the activities of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) has announced its return to the association. This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Special Assistant (Media and Communications) to the CAN president, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji. The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria were said to have, in a letter dated September 24, 2012, and signed by Most Reverend Ignatius Kaigama, the President, Catholics Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBNC) and addressed to the then CAN President, Pastor…

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Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the Month of February: Say ‘No’ to Corruption

This month’s intention “Say ‘No’ to Corruption” is that those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption. In the video promoting the theme, released February 1, 2018, the Holy Father stressed that “corruption is not countered with silence”. The text of the video message reads: “What is at the root of slavery, unemployment, and disregard for nature and goods held in common? Corruption, a process of death that feeds the culture of death. Because the thirst for power and possessions knows no limits. Corruption…

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First Dutch Dominican ordained in 20 years

Dominicans in the Netherlands are celebrating their first ordination in more than 20 years after a revival in vocations. Brother Richard Steenvoorde, ordained as a deacon at Blackfriars, Oxford, last month, is one of eight men to have entered formation since 2013, after a long period in which there were no new members. The vocations followed the election of a provincial, Fr René Dinklo – at the time the youngest member of a province in which the average age was 81. Fr Dinklo decided to re-open the novitiate, which meant…

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Significant rise in marriage annulment requests

Requests for annulments in Britain and Ireland have risen following the introduction of reforms ordered by Pope Francis. Figures released by the British and Irish diocesan tribunals show a significant increase in applications for annulments in 2016. This marks a reversal of a decades-long decline in annulment cases reflecting a decline in Catholic marriages. The number of cases pending in England and Wales at the end of 2016 was 727, a sharp rise from the 639 cases pending at the start of the year; 607 new cases were introduced during…

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Pope Francis: there is no humility without humiliation

Pope Francis told believers that there is no true humility without humiliation. The Pope was speaking during morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Monday as he reflected on the first liturgical reading of the day which speaks of the humiliation of King David. Pope Francis said David was indeed a great man: he had overcome Goliath, he had “a noble soul” because twice he could have killed Saul but he had not done so. But David, he continued, was also a sinner: he had committed the serious sins of adultery and…

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Pope invites Christians of all denominations to be instruments of peace

Pope Francis has thanked the Lutheran Catholic Dialogue Commission for Finland for a recently issued ecumenical document. The Pope was receiving in audience the Finnish Ecumenical Delegation as the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity drew to an end on Thursday, 25 January. As per tradition, in the evening of January 25 , on the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Francis presides over the celebration of Vespers in the Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls. Various Christian denominations participate in the celebration that marks the close of…

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