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June 21, 2018

Ahiara Diocese: Bishop Ugorji calls for healing, renewal

Bishop Lucius Ugorji calls for revival on Ahiara Diocese

  …As mammoth crowds welcome him Christ’s faithful in the Catholic Diocese of Ahiara, have been called upon to embrace healing and renewal, as the way to put behind them the ugly experience of the Diocese in the recent past. It is only through a new communion and friendship within the church, as a family of God, that past animosities and misunderstandings over the appointment of a successor to their pioneer bishop, Late Most Rev Victor Chikwe, which have rocked the diocese for several years now, can be overcome. His Lordship, Most Rev Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, the new Apostolic Administrator…

Pope Francis demands obedience from Priests of Ahiara Diocese

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2017 / 11:55 am (EWTN News/CNA) Pope Francis met on Thursday with a delegation from a Nigerian diocese which for the last four and a half years has refused to recognize the bishop who was appointed as its shepherd. He demanded that the clerics of the Diocese of Ahiara accept the bishop appointment that has been made, or face suspension and loss of office. Fr. Peter Okpaleke was appointed Bishop of Ahiara in December 2012 by Benedict XVI. But the Ahiara diocese is dominated by the Mbaise ethnic group. As an outsider from the nearby Diocese…

Mbaise Jubilates over new Administrator

The news of John Cardinal ‘s appointment by Pope Francis  as the Apostolic Administrator of Ahiara Diocese, was received in Mbaise with wide ovation by both the clergy and the  lay  faithful. The now former Administrator of the diocese, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Theo Nwalo, summoned all the priests at the Mater Ecclesiae Cathedral — July 2013 to inform them of the latest development and for them to behold the Apostolic Administrator of the diocese, His Eminence John Cardinal Onaiyekan, Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Archdiocese. Msgr. Nwalo later led the Apostolic Administrator and the diocesan clergy to the tomb of Bishop…