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March 23, 2017

Nigerian Bishops host Int’l Conference on Pentecostalism

An International Conference on Pentecostalism, being hosted by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, begins in Abuja on Monday, November 14, 2016.

Jointly organized by the Bishops’ Conference and the German Bishops Conference, the four-day programme is expected to be attended by experts and academicians from different parts of the world to discuss the theme: *The Catholic Church and Pentecostalism: Challenges in the Nigerian Context.*

The programme is being sponsored by Missio Aachen of Germany.

The programme, which is a follow-up to an earlier international programme on a related subject matter, held in Rome in 2013; will among other things  focus on

– The position of the Pentecostal movement in Nigerian society and politics;

– Pentecostalism: Children and Women vulnerability;

–  Spirits and healing of body and spirit; Reading the Bible in the African context;

–  Pentecostal Movement before Challenges of socio-Economic Problems of Nigeria and Christian Faith as Solution to Poverty.

Speakers expected at the programme include: Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, Archbishop of Jos and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN); Professor Richard Burgess of the University of Roehampton, United Kingdom;  Professor Nike Emeke of the Faculty of Education, University of Ibadan; Mr Opoku Onyinah from Ghana; Mr. Amos Young from the United States of America; Mr. Bernard Udelhoven from Zambia; Paulin Poucouta from Cameroon; Andreas Heuser from Switzerland;  Afe Adogame from the United States of America  and Professor Anthony Akinwale of the Dominican Institute, Ibadan, Oyo State.

About 150 religion experts with deep knowledge of Pentecostalism and Charismatic evangelism are expected to participate in the programme holding at the Daughters of Divine Love Retreat and Conference Centre (DRACC), Lugbe, Abuja.

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According to Rev. Father Ralph Madu, Secretary General of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN); who is the coordinator of the programme, all arrangements have been put in place to ensure the success of the programme; which is in the interest of enhancing the integrity of the Christian Religion in the country.



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