Bishop Ugorji Appointed New Archbishop Of Owerri Catholic Diocese, To Succeed Archbishop Obinna

The Bishop of Umuahia Catholic Diocese, the Most Reverend Lucius Ugorji has been appointed as the new Archbishop of Owerri Catholic Diocese and remains the Apostolic Administrator for Ahiara Diocese.

The appointment, which was disclosed by the Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, Antonio Filipazzi, on behalf of Pope Francis, at the ongoing Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria at Abuja, also said that Bishop Ugorji, will take over after the retirement of Archbishop Obinna.

In his opening remark, the president, Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria and Bishop of Benin, Archbishop Obiora Akubeze, call on Nigerians to tow the path of building human fraternity and sustainable peace.

Archbishop Akubeze called for all hands to be on deck for sustainable peace to reign since Nigerians came from the same stock, share the same societal pain and joy.

While frowning that Nigeria has failed as a country by allowing corruption to deprive its citizens of the good life that God has given them and allowing insecurity and criminality to thrive, Archbishop Akubeze urged Nigerians to get their Permanent Voters Card to be able to vote for candidates of their choice.

President Buhari, who had addressed the Conference through the minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, asked them to continue to pray for him and for the good of the country.

Earlier in a homily at a Holy Mass that preceded the opening ceremony, the Archbishop of Abuja, the Most Reverend Ignatius Kaigama, urged the fifty million Catholics in Nigeria to be positive agents of change politically.

According to him, there is need for attitudinal change in all spheres and jettison the practice where merit is relegated to the background and mediocrity, favoritism and tribalism are allowed to thrive.

He urged the federal government to work towards overcoming evil with good for the benefit of the masses.

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