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  •   The Catholic Episcopal Conference of Ethiopia www CBCE gs org held its 53rd Plenary Assembly from July 20 22 2022 in Addis Ababa The Conclusion Conference issues a message about the current situation in the country In the message issued in July 2022 the Catholic Episcopal Conference of Ethiopia stated that the Church faces a great challenge due to the lack of peace in the country which prevents it from carrying out its apostolic services effectively Many of our parishes including the Diocese of Adigrat share the challenge Priests and Sisters have fled their places due to security and the number of closed Chapels and Convents is increasing We strongly request that the government and people work together to ensure peace in our country so that citizens can live freely They also struggle to meet their basic needs Citizens continue to be killed and exiled because of their identity in many places for example recently in Wolga As we have done in the past we call on all parties concerned to focus on the option of peace dialogue and reconciliation We assure to contribute our part to achieve peace Our church will do everything possible so that the national dialogue that has begun is successful The church will continue to strengthen its contribution so that all possible efforts are made We are also very concerned about our drought affected people and ask all concerned to work hard and together to reach out to them for emergency relief
    Ethiopia: Catholic Church claims to contribute its part to achieve peace in the country
      The Catholic Episcopal Conference of Ethiopia www CBCE gs org held its 53rd Plenary Assembly from July 20 22 2022 in Addis Ababa The Conclusion Conference issues a message about the current situation in the country In the message issued in July 2022 the Catholic Episcopal Conference of Ethiopia stated that the Church faces a great challenge due to the lack of peace in the country which prevents it from carrying out its apostolic services effectively Many of our parishes including the Diocese of Adigrat share the challenge Priests and Sisters have fled their places due to security and the number of closed Chapels and Convents is increasing We strongly request that the government and people work together to ensure peace in our country so that citizens can live freely They also struggle to meet their basic needs Citizens continue to be killed and exiled because of their identity in many places for example recently in Wolga As we have done in the past we call on all parties concerned to focus on the option of peace dialogue and reconciliation We assure to contribute our part to achieve peace Our church will do everything possible so that the national dialogue that has begun is successful The church will continue to strengthen its contribution so that all possible efforts are made We are also very concerned about our drought affected people and ask all concerned to work hard and together to reach out to them for emergency relief
    Ethiopia: Catholic Church claims to contribute its part to achieve peace in the country
    Africa2 months ago

    Ethiopia: Catholic Church claims to contribute its part to achieve peace in the country

    The Catholic Episcopal Conference of Ethiopia (www.CBCE-gs.org) held its 53rd Plenary Assembly from July 20-22, 2022 in Addis Ababa.

    The Conclusion Conference issues a message about the current situation in the country.

    In the message issued in July 2022, the Catholic Episcopal Conference of Ethiopia stated that “the Church faces a great challenge due to the lack of peace in the country, which prevents it from carrying out its apostolic services effectively.

    Many of our parishes, including the Diocese of Adigrat, share the challenge.

    Priests and Sisters have fled their places due to security, and the number of closed Chapels and Convents is increasing.

    We strongly request that the government and people work together to ensure peace in our country so that citizens can live freely.

    They also struggle to meet their basic needs.

    Citizens continue to be killed and exiled because of their identity in many places (for example, recently in Wolga).

    As we have done in the past, we call on all parties concerned to focus on the option of peace, dialogue and reconciliation.

    We assure to contribute our part to achieve peace.

    Our church will do everything possible so that the national dialogue that has begun is successful.

    The church will continue to strengthen its contribution so that all possible efforts are made.

    We are also very concerned about our drought-affected people and ask all concerned to work hard and together to reach out to them for emergency relief.”

  •  Pope Francis on Wednesday said that he felt the pain of survivors of Canada s residential school system like slaps He urged that the Catholic Church has to face up to its responsibility for institutions that abused children and tried to erase indigenous cultures The pope dedicated his talk at his weekly general audience to his trip last week to Canada where he delivered a historic apology for the Church s role in the government sanctioned schools which operated between 1870 and 1996 More than 150 000 indigenous children were separated from their families and brought to residential schools According to the pope Catholic religious orders ran most of them under successive Canadian governments policy of assimilation The children were beaten for speaking their native languages and many were sexually abused in a system Canada s Truth and Reconciliation Commission called cultural genocide The pope met indigenous survivors throughout the trip and on the last day mostly elderly school survivors in Iqaluit capital of the isolated Arctic territory of Nunavut who told him their stories in a private meeting I assure you that in these meetings especially the last one I had to feel the pain of these people like slaps how they lost so much how the elderly lost their children and did not know where they ended up because of this policy of assimilation Francis said in unscripted comments It was a very painful moment but we had to face up we have to face up before our errors and our sins he said During the trip the pope s apologies evoked strong emotions and praise as a first step in reconciliation but some survivors said they fell short of expectations and that he had not apologised clearly enough for the Church as an institution In an apparent attempt to answer the critics he said that priests nuns and lay Catholics had participated in programmes that today we understand are unacceptable and contrary to the Gospel That is why I went to ask forgiveness in the name of the Church Some were also heartened when the pope speaking to reporters on the plane taking him back to Rome on Saturday branded what happened at the schools as genocide Francis who is suffering from a knee ailment walked the some 20 metres yards to his seat on the stage of the Vatican s audience hall using a cane and at the end remained standing to greet some participants He later used a wheelchair when aides moved him among the crowd The pope mostly used a wheelchair during the Canada trip including during his in flight news conference on the return flight NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Hearing pain of Canada school survivors like slaps, Pope says
     Pope Francis on Wednesday said that he felt the pain of survivors of Canada s residential school system like slaps He urged that the Catholic Church has to face up to its responsibility for institutions that abused children and tried to erase indigenous cultures The pope dedicated his talk at his weekly general audience to his trip last week to Canada where he delivered a historic apology for the Church s role in the government sanctioned schools which operated between 1870 and 1996 More than 150 000 indigenous children were separated from their families and brought to residential schools According to the pope Catholic religious orders ran most of them under successive Canadian governments policy of assimilation The children were beaten for speaking their native languages and many were sexually abused in a system Canada s Truth and Reconciliation Commission called cultural genocide The pope met indigenous survivors throughout the trip and on the last day mostly elderly school survivors in Iqaluit capital of the isolated Arctic territory of Nunavut who told him their stories in a private meeting I assure you that in these meetings especially the last one I had to feel the pain of these people like slaps how they lost so much how the elderly lost their children and did not know where they ended up because of this policy of assimilation Francis said in unscripted comments It was a very painful moment but we had to face up we have to face up before our errors and our sins he said During the trip the pope s apologies evoked strong emotions and praise as a first step in reconciliation but some survivors said they fell short of expectations and that he had not apologised clearly enough for the Church as an institution In an apparent attempt to answer the critics he said that priests nuns and lay Catholics had participated in programmes that today we understand are unacceptable and contrary to the Gospel That is why I went to ask forgiveness in the name of the Church Some were also heartened when the pope speaking to reporters on the plane taking him back to Rome on Saturday branded what happened at the schools as genocide Francis who is suffering from a knee ailment walked the some 20 metres yards to his seat on the stage of the Vatican s audience hall using a cane and at the end remained standing to greet some participants He later used a wheelchair when aides moved him among the crowd The pope mostly used a wheelchair during the Canada trip including during his in flight news conference on the return flight NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Hearing pain of Canada school survivors like slaps, Pope says
    Foreign2 months ago

    Hearing pain of Canada school survivors like slaps, Pope says

    Pope Francis on Wednesday said that he felt the pain of survivors of Canada’s residential school system “like slaps”.  

    He urged that the Catholic Church has to face up to its responsibility for institutions that abused children and tried to erase indigenous cultures.  

    The pope dedicated his talk at his weekly general audience to his trip last week to Canada, where he delivered a historic apology for the Church’s role in the government-sanctioned schools, which operated between 1870 and 1996.   More than 150,000 indigenous children were separated from their families and brought to residential schools.  

    According to the pope, Catholic religious orders ran most of them under successive Canadian governments’ policy of assimilation.  

    The children were beaten for speaking their native languages and many were sexually abused in a system Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission called “cultural genocide.

    ’’   The pope met indigenous survivors throughout the trip and on the last day, mostly elderly school survivors in Iqaluit, capital of the isolated Arctic territory of Nunavut, who told him their stories in a private meeting.  

    “I assure you that in these meetings, especially the last one, I had to feel the pain of these people, like slaps, how they lost (so much), how the elderly lost their children and did not know where they ended up, because of this policy of assimilation,’’ Francis said in unscripted comments.  

    “It was a very painful moment but we had to face up, we have to face up before our errors and our sins,’’ he said.  

    During the trip, the pope’s apologies evoked strong emotions and praise as a first step in reconciliation, but some survivors said they fell short of expectations and that he had not apologised clearly enough for the Church as an institution.  

    In an apparent attempt to answer the critics, he said that priests, nuns and lay Catholics had “participated in programmes that today we understand are unacceptable and contrary to the Gospel.

    That is why I went to ask forgiveness in the name of the Church.

    ’’   Some were also heartened when the pope, speaking to reporters on the plane taking him back to Rome on Saturday, branded what happened at the schools as “genocide.

    ’’   Francis, who is suffering from a knee ailment, walked the some 20 metres (yards) to his seat on the stage of the Vatican’s audience hall using a cane and at the end remained standing to greet some participants.  

    He later used a wheelchair when aides moved him among the crowd.  

    The pope mostly used a wheelchair during the Canada trip, including during his in-flight news conference on the return flight.

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  •  The leadership pf the ymposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar SECAM has challenged political leaders to live up to their pledge to end violent conflicts on the continent The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in 2017 the African Union AU Peace and Security Council adopted the roadmap of steps to Silence the Guns by 2020 The call is contained in a statement by the Cardinal Elect and President of SECAM Bishop Richard Baawobr on Wednesday The resolution came at the end of the 19th plenary assembly of SECAM held in Ghana The SECAM also recognised that the loss of life and displacement of thousands of people as well as the challenge of terrorism and extremism in some parts of the continent are serious concerns that require further efforts by African Union AU member states The bishops urged social political stakeholders and decision makers to take the responsibility of the management of countries within the continent We invite all our peoples to be alert to the situations of insecurity and collectively seek solutions to the problem the Church must take an important part in this search This is why the Church must play its prophetic role by firmly clearly denouncing situations of insecurity and their causes We urge leaders and socio political decision makers to put in place the structures and conditions that discourage irregular migration good governance employment opportunities multifaceted security among others We also urge transit and host countries to respect the rights and human dignity of migrants Intending migrants especially young people who seek to exercise the right to migrate should do so in a manner that is administratively acceptable youths shouldn t lose hope but hold on to God through a life of holiness We urge Christian communities to develop an active pastoral care for migration which can be broken down into four steps of actions welcome protect promote and integrate it stated They enjoined the church to hearken to the call of Pope Francis and live a synodal process of reflection on its vocation to promote communion participation and mission We are now entering the continental phase whose assembly will be celebrated in the month of March 2023 we invite all faithful to support this dynamism and make theirs through prayer and lifestyle We urge you in the spirit of synodality to listen to the cry of the poor and earth by caring for the environment fighting against climate change and promoting social justice for the needy and the poor As a family of God in Africa and Madagascar we remain committed to engaging the world of media through the traditional modern and social means of communication and the new discoveries of the digital era We shall intensify the ethical and technical formation of the professionals and practitioners of Church communications while engaging with the philosophies and ideologies that underpin contemporary media institutions practice and expertise inorder to help make them agents of communion reconciliation and peace it stated The clerics further thanked God for helping them pass through the hardships linked to COVID 19 and giving SECAM the intelligence and strength to continue working We express our deep gratitude to Pope Francis for his message of encouragement We are sincerely grateful to the Ghanaians all the members of the SECAM Secretariat and all the bodies that contributed to the success of this 19th SECAM Assembly We express our gratitude to the outgoing executives of SECAM led by His Eminence Philippe Cardinal Ouedraogo We wish the incoming executives led by Bawoobr success in the great mission that the Church has entrusted to them they said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Bishops urge leaders to recommit to initiative on ”silencing the Guns” in Africa
     The leadership pf the ymposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar SECAM has challenged political leaders to live up to their pledge to end violent conflicts on the continent The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in 2017 the African Union AU Peace and Security Council adopted the roadmap of steps to Silence the Guns by 2020 The call is contained in a statement by the Cardinal Elect and President of SECAM Bishop Richard Baawobr on Wednesday The resolution came at the end of the 19th plenary assembly of SECAM held in Ghana The SECAM also recognised that the loss of life and displacement of thousands of people as well as the challenge of terrorism and extremism in some parts of the continent are serious concerns that require further efforts by African Union AU member states The bishops urged social political stakeholders and decision makers to take the responsibility of the management of countries within the continent We invite all our peoples to be alert to the situations of insecurity and collectively seek solutions to the problem the Church must take an important part in this search This is why the Church must play its prophetic role by firmly clearly denouncing situations of insecurity and their causes We urge leaders and socio political decision makers to put in place the structures and conditions that discourage irregular migration good governance employment opportunities multifaceted security among others We also urge transit and host countries to respect the rights and human dignity of migrants Intending migrants especially young people who seek to exercise the right to migrate should do so in a manner that is administratively acceptable youths shouldn t lose hope but hold on to God through a life of holiness We urge Christian communities to develop an active pastoral care for migration which can be broken down into four steps of actions welcome protect promote and integrate it stated They enjoined the church to hearken to the call of Pope Francis and live a synodal process of reflection on its vocation to promote communion participation and mission We are now entering the continental phase whose assembly will be celebrated in the month of March 2023 we invite all faithful to support this dynamism and make theirs through prayer and lifestyle We urge you in the spirit of synodality to listen to the cry of the poor and earth by caring for the environment fighting against climate change and promoting social justice for the needy and the poor As a family of God in Africa and Madagascar we remain committed to engaging the world of media through the traditional modern and social means of communication and the new discoveries of the digital era We shall intensify the ethical and technical formation of the professionals and practitioners of Church communications while engaging with the philosophies and ideologies that underpin contemporary media institutions practice and expertise inorder to help make them agents of communion reconciliation and peace it stated The clerics further thanked God for helping them pass through the hardships linked to COVID 19 and giving SECAM the intelligence and strength to continue working We express our deep gratitude to Pope Francis for his message of encouragement We are sincerely grateful to the Ghanaians all the members of the SECAM Secretariat and all the bodies that contributed to the success of this 19th SECAM Assembly We express our gratitude to the outgoing executives of SECAM led by His Eminence Philippe Cardinal Ouedraogo We wish the incoming executives led by Bawoobr success in the great mission that the Church has entrusted to them they said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Bishops urge leaders to recommit to initiative on ”silencing the Guns” in Africa
    General news2 months ago

    Bishops urge leaders to recommit to initiative on ”silencing the Guns” in Africa

    The leadership pf the ymposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has challenged political leaders  to live up to their pledge to end violent conflicts on the continent .

    The News  Agency of Nigeria reports that in 2017, the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council adopted the roadmap of steps to ”Silence the Guns” by 2020. The call is contained in a statement by the Cardinal Elect and President of SECAM, Bishop Richard Baawobr on Wednesday.

    The resolution came at the end of the 19th plenary assembly of SECAM held in Ghana.

    The SECAM also recognised that the loss of life and displacement of thousands of people, as well as the challenge of terrorism and extremism in some parts of the continent, are serious concerns that require further efforts by African Union (AU) member states.

    The bishops urged social, political stakeholders and decision-makers to take the responsibility of the management of countries within the continent.

    “We invite all our peoples to be alert to the situations of insecurity and collectively seek solutions to the problem, the Church must take an important part in this search.

    “This is why the Church must play its prophetic role, by firmly, clearly denouncing situations of insecurity and their causes.

    “We urge leaders and socio-political decision-makers to put in place the structures and conditions that discourage irregular migration: good governance, employment opportunities, multifaceted security, among others.

    “We also urge transit and host countries to respect the rights and human dignity of migrants.

    “Intending migrants, especially young people, who seek to exercise the right to migrate, should do so in a manner that is administratively acceptable, youths shouldn’t lose hope but hold on to God through a life of holiness.

    “We urge Christian communities to develop an active pastoral care for migration which can be broken down into four steps of actions: welcome, protect, promote and integrate,” it stated.

    They enjoined the church to hearken to the call of Pope Francis and live a synodal process of reflection on its vocation to promote communion, participation and mission.

    “We are now entering the continental phase whose assembly will be celebrated in the month of March 2023, we invite all faithful to support this dynamism and make theirs through prayer and lifestyle.

    “We urge you in the spirit of synodality, to listen to the cry of the poor and earth by caring for the environment, fighting against climate change and promoting social justice for the needy and the poor.

    “As a family of God in Africa and Madagascar, we remain committed to engaging the world of media through the traditional, modern and social means of communication and the new discoveries of the digital era.

    “We shall intensify the ethical and technical formation of the professionals and practitioners of Church communications while engaging with the philosophies and ideologies that underpin contemporary media institutions, practice and expertise inorder to help make them agents of communion, reconciliation and peace,” it stated.

    The clerics further thanked God for helping them pass through the hardships linked to COVID-19 and giving SECAM the intelligence and strength to continue working.

    “We express our deep gratitude to Pope Francis, for his message of encouragement.

    “We are sincerely grateful to the Ghanaians, all the members of the SECAM Secretariat, and all the bodies that contributed to the success of this 19th SECAM Assembly.

    “We express our gratitude to the outgoing executives of SECAM led by His Eminence Philippe Cardinal Ouedraogo.

    “We wish the incoming executives led by Bawoobr success in the great mission that the Church has entrusted to them,” they said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Anglican Primate of all Nigeria Most Rev Henry Ndukuba has tasked all eligible Nigerians to ensure that they participate in the 2023 general elections to elect credible leaders for the country Ndukuba also the metropolitan archbishop gave the advise at the Conference of Chancellors Registrars and Legal Officers from Anglican dominion in Abuja on Tuesday with the theme Behold I will do a new thing He said Nigerians must use their votes to elect credible leaders that would turn around things in the county for the better He said that the conference was aimed at enhancing the welfare of the citizens through the operation of the church judicial team According to Ndukuba the Church with its members in the judiciary are meeting to consider their role in the church and society There are issues and the team will have to consider better ways on how to work in the communities It is a time also for fellowship a time to reconsider renew and reinvigorate encourage everyone to be in prayers for the judiciary and country at large he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Anglican primate tasks Nigerians on 2023 poll
     The Anglican Primate of all Nigeria Most Rev Henry Ndukuba has tasked all eligible Nigerians to ensure that they participate in the 2023 general elections to elect credible leaders for the country Ndukuba also the metropolitan archbishop gave the advise at the Conference of Chancellors Registrars and Legal Officers from Anglican dominion in Abuja on Tuesday with the theme Behold I will do a new thing He said Nigerians must use their votes to elect credible leaders that would turn around things in the county for the better He said that the conference was aimed at enhancing the welfare of the citizens through the operation of the church judicial team According to Ndukuba the Church with its members in the judiciary are meeting to consider their role in the church and society There are issues and the team will have to consider better ways on how to work in the communities It is a time also for fellowship a time to reconsider renew and reinvigorate encourage everyone to be in prayers for the judiciary and country at large he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Anglican primate tasks Nigerians on 2023 poll
    General news2 months ago

    Anglican primate tasks Nigerians on 2023 poll

    The Anglican Primate of all Nigeria, Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba, has tasked all eligible Nigerians to ensure that they participate in the 2023 general elections to elect credible leaders for the country.

    Ndukuba, also the metropolitan archbishop gave the advise at the Conference of Chancellors, Registrars and Legal Officers from Anglican dominion in Abuja on Tuesday with the theme”Behold, I will do a new thing”.

    He said Nigerians must use their votes to elect credible leaders that would turn around things in the county for the better.

    He said that the conference was aimed at enhancing the welfare of the citizens through the operation of the church judicial team.

    According to Ndukuba, the Church with its members in the judiciary are meeting to consider their role in the church and society.

    ”There are issues and the team will have to consider better ways on how to work in the communities.

    “It is a time also for fellowship, a time to reconsider, renew and reinvigorate, encourage everyone to be in prayers for the judiciary and country at large,” he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Police in Ondo State said it has rescued no fewer than 77 people for the case of suspected abduction from The Whole Bible Deliverance Church in Ondo Town Ondo West Local Government Area of the state SP Funmilayo Odunlami command s spokesperson made this known in a statement on Saturday in Akure Odunlami said that the rescue operation was possible following the intelligence report gathered by the Police at Fagun Division Ondo Town According to the PPRO it was gathered that some children are being harboured at The Whole Bible Believers Church AKA ONDO CHURCH Valentino area Ondo Town Policemen were sent to the Church to invite the Pastor and the members of the Church on sighting the Police attacked them Preliminary investigation revealed that one Pastor Josiah Peter Asumosa an Assistant Pastor in the Church was the one who told the members that Rapture will take place in April But later said it has been changed to September 2022 and told the young members to obey only their parents in the Lord Another family who was also around during the rescue said their daughter a part 3 student dropped out of school due to the strange teachings of the Pastor and left home in January 2022 to start living in the Church In all 77 members including 26 children eight teenagers and 43 adult members were rescued from the Church she said Odunlami who said that the two pastors were in Police custody said nvestigation had commenced and the outcome would be made known to the members of the Public NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police rescue 77 people over suspected abduction in Ondo Church
     The Police in Ondo State said it has rescued no fewer than 77 people for the case of suspected abduction from The Whole Bible Deliverance Church in Ondo Town Ondo West Local Government Area of the state SP Funmilayo Odunlami command s spokesperson made this known in a statement on Saturday in Akure Odunlami said that the rescue operation was possible following the intelligence report gathered by the Police at Fagun Division Ondo Town According to the PPRO it was gathered that some children are being harboured at The Whole Bible Believers Church AKA ONDO CHURCH Valentino area Ondo Town Policemen were sent to the Church to invite the Pastor and the members of the Church on sighting the Police attacked them Preliminary investigation revealed that one Pastor Josiah Peter Asumosa an Assistant Pastor in the Church was the one who told the members that Rapture will take place in April But later said it has been changed to September 2022 and told the young members to obey only their parents in the Lord Another family who was also around during the rescue said their daughter a part 3 student dropped out of school due to the strange teachings of the Pastor and left home in January 2022 to start living in the Church In all 77 members including 26 children eight teenagers and 43 adult members were rescued from the Church she said Odunlami who said that the two pastors were in Police custody said nvestigation had commenced and the outcome would be made known to the members of the Public NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police rescue 77 people over suspected abduction in Ondo Church
    Defence/Security3 months ago

    Police rescue 77 people over suspected abduction in Ondo Church

    The Police in Ondo State said it has rescued no fewer than 77 people for the case of suspected abduction from The Whole Bible Deliverance Church in Ondo Town, Ondo West Local Government Area of the state.

    SP Funmilayo Odunlami, command’s spokesperson made this known in a statement on Saturday in Akure.

    Odunlami said that the rescue operation was possible following the intelligence report gathered by the Police at Fagun Division, Ondo Town.

    According to the PPRO, it was gathered that some children are being harboured at The Whole Bible Believers Church AKA ONDO CHURCH, Valentino area, Ondo Town.

    “Policemen were sent to the Church to invite the Pastor and the members of the Church on sighting the Police attacked them.

    “Preliminary investigation revealed that one Pastor Josiah Peter Asumosa, an Assistant Pastor in the Church was the one who told the members that Rapture will take place in April.

    “But later said it has been changed to September, 2022 and told the young members to obey only their parents in the Lord.

    “Another family who was also around during the rescue said their daughter a part 3 student, dropped out of school due to the strange teachings of the Pastor and left home in January, 2022 to start living in the Church.

    “In all, 77 members including 26 children, eight teenagers and 43 adult members were rescued from the Church,” she said.

    Odunlami, who said that the two pastors were in Police custody said nvestigation had commenced and the outcome would be made known to the members of the Public.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  A Communiqu issued at the end of the First Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria CBCN https CBCN ng org at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria Resource Centre Durumi Abuja 5 11 March 2022 1 PREAMBLE We the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria held our First Plenary Meeting for the year at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria Resource Centre Durumi Abuja from 5 11 March 2022 Having prayerfully reflected on issues affecting the Church and the Nigerian State we now issue this Communiqu 2 WE ALL ARE BROTHERS AND SISTERS On 4 February 2019 Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Sheikh Ahmad Al Tayyeb published a joint document Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together Following that publication on 4 October 2020 in Assisi the Holy Father issued the Encyclical Letter Fratelli Tutti FT On Fraternity and Social Friendship Inspired by these two documents we invite all to a sincere acceptance that we are brothers and sisters and embrace the things that unite and bond us together irrespective of differences By virtue of our being created by One God and our descent from a common ancestry Gen 2 4 we must go beyond sophistry and rhetoric and work towards a tradition of love that transcends the barriers of race nationality culture ethnicity religious or political affiliation and geographical distance We call on our fellow countrymen and women as well as all persons of goodwill to recognize that our common humanity is a gift and a challenge We earnestly join millions of Catholics around the globe to pray for unity and peaceful dialogue between nations and communities without which the deeply divided world cannot find the much needed healing We continue to pray especially for peace in Ukraine and Russia and other war torn regions of the world We therefore call for fair and equitable treatment of all those displaced by this avoidable conflict regardless of their origin race and nationality 3 THE STATE OF THE NATION Promoting Fraternity through Good Politics and Governance We note that politics is a noble vocation for the common good We equally affirm that political office holders have a fundamental role to play in providing good governance Although political parties are the platforms through which political offices are sought in Nigeria elected officials should build fraternity among all citizens irrespective of differences in creed ethnic group sex and political opinion In our nation today we observe that there is no evident fairness in the distribution of social amenities or in making appointments to offices despite the Federal Character principle enshrined in the Constitution There is also no functional stable qualitative and affordable educational system that should be the bedrock of development Currently the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU is on strike with the consequent closure of our public universities thereby leaving our young people roaming the streets We urge the Federal Government to quickly and permanently settle the dispute in the interest of human and national growth We observe a gross lack of job opportunities equity gender balance between male and female good moral standards an adequate justice system transparency and accountability We therefore call on governments at all levels to respect and protect people s fundamental rights and shun all forms of ethno religious favouritism We also urge political office holders to embrace a better kind of politics by proper application of the principles of equity and subsidiarity for programmes of development and by promoting an economy that favours productive diversity for job creation in the interest of respect for human dignity FT 168 amp 175 We encourage all citizens to participate in the forthcoming national population census exercise to help Government have the data needed for proper policies that will aid development Constitutional and Electoral Reforms Recipe for Peace and Development We are aware that the Constitution of any nation is the primary law that provides for the organization and direction of the actions of governments about the welfare of citizens We also know that a faulty Constitution can breed rancour discontent and maldevelopment We thank the Government for initiating processes towards reforming our national Constitution handed down by the military Government We urge the legislature and the executive to exercise their relevant roles to give the nation an adequate Constitution that reflects our common aspiration to live in unity justice and peace We commend the efforts of the National Assembly the President and all who made it possible for our country to now have a reformed electoral law the Electoral Act 2022 If well and sincerely implemented we believe that this law will engender a better democracy in which there would be free fair and transparent elections through which people choose their leaders who would serve the common good We gladly welcome the adoption of modern technology to improve the quality of our electoral process However in and of itself technology may not necessarily guarantee free and fair elections We therefore draw attention to the need for sincerity and vigilance over the accuracy and objective use of the technology being adopted We encourage good and qualified people with the right intention to vie for political offices We ask all eligible citizens to secure their voter s cards and come out en masse to vote for those who can lead our people to a better life We demand that the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC register only qualified people and ensure that people s votes count and their mandates are respected We also urge the electoral commission and other relevant bodies to organize and promote appropriate voter education Need for Dialogue and Friendship to Counter Violence and Insecurity We have in our past Communiqu s press releases and other relevant documents condemned the spate of violence and insecurity in our land Yet violence and insecurity have continued to rise unabated to our greatest disappointment We are deeply saddened that kidnapping abductions armed robbery assassinations and other incidents of shedding innocent blood have continued often without prompt and adequate response from the Government and the security agencies We condemn these killings and call on Government to bring these to an end In addition we request the Governments at all levels to do more especially by exploring the path of dialogue even with those opposed to its policies For dialogue and friendship in society is the desirable mean between selfish indifference and violent protest FT 203 4 THE MEDIA GOD S GIFTS TO HUMANITY We firmly acknowledge the role and power of the media for influencing and creating a fraternity of humanity and serving as tools of positive social friendship The media in themselves are gifts from God for the good of society However the media are sometimes manipulative and destructive In Fratelli Tutti Pope Francis calls for the use of media in a manner that not only connects people but also builds bridges develops authentic interpersonal relationships and therefore builds community He nevertheless cautions against the inappropriate use of digital media platforms Today s realities call for a new media approach which can help people listen to one another and resolve differences and conflicts The willingness to listen to others is foundational to the readiness to accept and welcome those who are different from us Together therefore we must seek the truth in dialogue for the process of building fraternity be it local or universal can only be undertaken by spirits that are free and open to authentic encounters FT 50 We the Catholic Bishops have instituted Communications Week COMWEEK to facilitate the attainment of the above objective of the media We call on the different segments of the particular Churches in Nigeria the media organs and pastoral agents to work closely with the National Directorate of Social Communications Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria to ensure that the media literacy programme scheduled to run in our Parishes from 22 to 29 May this year is successful comweeknigeria com All Catholics and non Catholics are also requested to log on to the Nigeria Catholic Network nigeriacatholicnetwork com for synergy and pastoral guidance 5 THE SYNODAL JOURNEY AN EXPRESSION OF FRATERNITY We are once more grateful to the Holy Father Pope Francis for convening the Synod on Synodality This Synod is a dynamic process of convergence that calls for listening and dialogue leading to greater collaboration a more profound sense of communion and participation in Church life at various levels As a Church we are committed to making the sacrifices that foster genuine encounters and seek convergence by listening to one another thereby making room for everyone We firmly believe that if the synodal journey is faithfully undertaken there will be a resurgence of faith and a more profound commitment to the Christian ideals and values We are equally convinced that the ingredients of listening dialogue and collaboration that flow from the Synod are the bedrock of building human fraternity and a world that will enjoy sustainable peace The Church in Nigeria is of one mind and heart with the Holy Father on the Synod on Synodality the conclusive celebration of which is scheduled for October 2023 The experiences so far at the local levels have been very refreshing and pastorally enriching Therefore we request all Catholics to participate actively in the various phases of the Synod 6 EVENTS IN THE CHURCH We are grateful to the Holy Father Pope Francis for the appointment of Bishop Jonas Benson Okoye as the new Bishop of Nnewi Diocese Likewise we rejoice with Bishop Hilary Okeke on his retirement and thank him for his dedicated service to the Church and humanity Similarly we received with great joy the news of the appointment of Bishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji as the Metropolitan Archbishop of Owerri His installation ceremony comes up on 23 June 2022 We congratulate him while we wish Archbishop Anthony Obinna a happy retirement We equally thank the Holy Father for the appointment of Bishop Emmanuel Badejo as a member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications We thank God for many other joyful events in the Church in Nigeria The Diocese of Umuahia celebrated the Centenary of the Catholic faith in the land and the celebration of the Centenary of the foundation of Legion of Mary in Nigeria took place in Ikot Ekpene Diocese Likewise the Diocese of Port Harcourt celebrated 60th Anniversary of its canonical erection while the Diocese of Kafanchan celebrated the Silver Jubilee of its creation May God be praised both now and forever Amen The National Pastoral Congress is scheduled for 7 11 November 2022 in Benin City Immediately after the Pastoral Congress is the National Eucharistic Congress with the theme Becoming the Eucharist we Celebrate A Call to live as one and serve the Weak which holds in the Archdiocese of Benin City between 11 and 12 November 2022 We encourage all Catholics to participate actively at the various levels of the celebration while we pray for a renewed love of and firm belief in the Eucharist Prior to the Eucharistic Congress is the National Bible Week which holds from 18 to 25 September 2022 with the theme Proclaiming the Word of God Gift of Life for a Fragile Nigeria We urge all Dioceses and our Catholic institutions to celebrate this week in a befitting and profound manner We the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria have recently published a Book of the Prayer of the Faithful for the Church in Nigeria This is to facilitate and promote the Christian faithful s active conscious and full participation in the Eucharistic Liturgy We admonish all parishes chaplaincies and other Catholic institutions to avail themselves of the opportunity this book of prayers provides We are happy to announce a smooth change in the leadership of our Conference Most Rev Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji the newly appointed Archbishop of Owerri has been elected the President while Most Rev Matthew Man Oso Ndagoso the Archbishop of Kaduna is the Vice President Similarly Most Rev Donatus Aihmiosion Ogun OSA the Bishop of Uromi is the Secretary and Most Rev Peter Odetoyinbo Bishop of Abeokuta is the Assistant Secretary We wish them and the other elected officers a successful tenure We thank Archbishop Augustine Akubeze Archbishop Lucius Ugorji Bishop Camillus Umoh and Bishop Charles Hammawa and other officers for their years of dedicated service to the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria With sadness but with a firm belief in the Resurrection we note the passing on of Bishop Paul Olawoore We are indeed grateful to God for the time he served as the Chief Shepherd of the Diocese of Ilorin May God grant him eternal reward in His Kingdom May he rest in peace Amen 7 LENT A PERIOD FOR INTERIOR CONVERSION The message of Lent is straightforward repent and believe the Good News The Season is a privileged moment for interior examination and conversion as we intensify our prayers to purify ourselves and for our spiritual rebirth It is a period of internal renewal and service We urge all Nigerians especially our young people to eschew corrupt acquisition of wealth and violent pursuit of power More than ever before we seek healing and reconciliation in this period as we open ourselves more readily for dialogue to achieve lasting peace As we engage in prayer fasting and almsgiving may the swords clubs guns bombs and knives used to maim kill and destroy our brothers and sisters be beaten into ploughshares Is 2 4 Let us remember that prayer and hardwork remain the keys that open the gate to success 8 CONCLUSION As we conclude this Communiqu we recall the incisive admonition of Pope Francis Let us dream then as a single human family as fellow travellers sharing the same flesh as children of the same earth which is our common home each of us bringing the richness of his or her beliefs and convictions each of us with his or her beliefs and convictions brothers and sisters of all FT 8 Through the intercession of Mary Queen and Patroness of Nigeria may we experience lasting peace and restored social friendship in our land Amen Most Rev Augustine Obiora AKUBEZE Archbishop of Benin City President CBCN Most Rev Camillus Raymond UMOH Bishop of Ikot Ekpene Secretary CBCN nbsp
    Human Fraternity: Path to Building Sustainable Peace in Nigeria – Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria
     A Communiqu issued at the end of the First Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria CBCN https CBCN ng org at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria Resource Centre Durumi Abuja 5 11 March 2022 1 PREAMBLE We the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria held our First Plenary Meeting for the year at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria Resource Centre Durumi Abuja from 5 11 March 2022 Having prayerfully reflected on issues affecting the Church and the Nigerian State we now issue this Communiqu 2 WE ALL ARE BROTHERS AND SISTERS On 4 February 2019 Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Sheikh Ahmad Al Tayyeb published a joint document Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together Following that publication on 4 October 2020 in Assisi the Holy Father issued the Encyclical Letter Fratelli Tutti FT On Fraternity and Social Friendship Inspired by these two documents we invite all to a sincere acceptance that we are brothers and sisters and embrace the things that unite and bond us together irrespective of differences By virtue of our being created by One God and our descent from a common ancestry Gen 2 4 we must go beyond sophistry and rhetoric and work towards a tradition of love that transcends the barriers of race nationality culture ethnicity religious or political affiliation and geographical distance We call on our fellow countrymen and women as well as all persons of goodwill to recognize that our common humanity is a gift and a challenge We earnestly join millions of Catholics around the globe to pray for unity and peaceful dialogue between nations and communities without which the deeply divided world cannot find the much needed healing We continue to pray especially for peace in Ukraine and Russia and other war torn regions of the world We therefore call for fair and equitable treatment of all those displaced by this avoidable conflict regardless of their origin race and nationality 3 THE STATE OF THE NATION Promoting Fraternity through Good Politics and Governance We note that politics is a noble vocation for the common good We equally affirm that political office holders have a fundamental role to play in providing good governance Although political parties are the platforms through which political offices are sought in Nigeria elected officials should build fraternity among all citizens irrespective of differences in creed ethnic group sex and political opinion In our nation today we observe that there is no evident fairness in the distribution of social amenities or in making appointments to offices despite the Federal Character principle enshrined in the Constitution There is also no functional stable qualitative and affordable educational system that should be the bedrock of development Currently the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU is on strike with the consequent closure of our public universities thereby leaving our young people roaming the streets We urge the Federal Government to quickly and permanently settle the dispute in the interest of human and national growth We observe a gross lack of job opportunities equity gender balance between male and female good moral standards an adequate justice system transparency and accountability We therefore call on governments at all levels to respect and protect people s fundamental rights and shun all forms of ethno religious favouritism We also urge political office holders to embrace a better kind of politics by proper application of the principles of equity and subsidiarity for programmes of development and by promoting an economy that favours productive diversity for job creation in the interest of respect for human dignity FT 168 amp 175 We encourage all citizens to participate in the forthcoming national population census exercise to help Government have the data needed for proper policies that will aid development Constitutional and Electoral Reforms Recipe for Peace and Development We are aware that the Constitution of any nation is the primary law that provides for the organization and direction of the actions of governments about the welfare of citizens We also know that a faulty Constitution can breed rancour discontent and maldevelopment We thank the Government for initiating processes towards reforming our national Constitution handed down by the military Government We urge the legislature and the executive to exercise their relevant roles to give the nation an adequate Constitution that reflects our common aspiration to live in unity justice and peace We commend the efforts of the National Assembly the President and all who made it possible for our country to now have a reformed electoral law the Electoral Act 2022 If well and sincerely implemented we believe that this law will engender a better democracy in which there would be free fair and transparent elections through which people choose their leaders who would serve the common good We gladly welcome the adoption of modern technology to improve the quality of our electoral process However in and of itself technology may not necessarily guarantee free and fair elections We therefore draw attention to the need for sincerity and vigilance over the accuracy and objective use of the technology being adopted We encourage good and qualified people with the right intention to vie for political offices We ask all eligible citizens to secure their voter s cards and come out en masse to vote for those who can lead our people to a better life We demand that the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC register only qualified people and ensure that people s votes count and their mandates are respected We also urge the electoral commission and other relevant bodies to organize and promote appropriate voter education Need for Dialogue and Friendship to Counter Violence and Insecurity We have in our past Communiqu s press releases and other relevant documents condemned the spate of violence and insecurity in our land Yet violence and insecurity have continued to rise unabated to our greatest disappointment We are deeply saddened that kidnapping abductions armed robbery assassinations and other incidents of shedding innocent blood have continued often without prompt and adequate response from the Government and the security agencies We condemn these killings and call on Government to bring these to an end In addition we request the Governments at all levels to do more especially by exploring the path of dialogue even with those opposed to its policies For dialogue and friendship in society is the desirable mean between selfish indifference and violent protest FT 203 4 THE MEDIA GOD S GIFTS TO HUMANITY We firmly acknowledge the role and power of the media for influencing and creating a fraternity of humanity and serving as tools of positive social friendship The media in themselves are gifts from God for the good of society However the media are sometimes manipulative and destructive In Fratelli Tutti Pope Francis calls for the use of media in a manner that not only connects people but also builds bridges develops authentic interpersonal relationships and therefore builds community He nevertheless cautions against the inappropriate use of digital media platforms Today s realities call for a new media approach which can help people listen to one another and resolve differences and conflicts The willingness to listen to others is foundational to the readiness to accept and welcome those who are different from us Together therefore we must seek the truth in dialogue for the process of building fraternity be it local or universal can only be undertaken by spirits that are free and open to authentic encounters FT 50 We the Catholic Bishops have instituted Communications Week COMWEEK to facilitate the attainment of the above objective of the media We call on the different segments of the particular Churches in Nigeria the media organs and pastoral agents to work closely with the National Directorate of Social Communications Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria to ensure that the media literacy programme scheduled to run in our Parishes from 22 to 29 May this year is successful comweeknigeria com All Catholics and non Catholics are also requested to log on to the Nigeria Catholic Network nigeriacatholicnetwork com for synergy and pastoral guidance 5 THE SYNODAL JOURNEY AN EXPRESSION OF FRATERNITY We are once more grateful to the Holy Father Pope Francis for convening the Synod on Synodality This Synod is a dynamic process of convergence that calls for listening and dialogue leading to greater collaboration a more profound sense of communion and participation in Church life at various levels As a Church we are committed to making the sacrifices that foster genuine encounters and seek convergence by listening to one another thereby making room for everyone We firmly believe that if the synodal journey is faithfully undertaken there will be a resurgence of faith and a more profound commitment to the Christian ideals and values We are equally convinced that the ingredients of listening dialogue and collaboration that flow from the Synod are the bedrock of building human fraternity and a world that will enjoy sustainable peace The Church in Nigeria is of one mind and heart with the Holy Father on the Synod on Synodality the conclusive celebration of which is scheduled for October 2023 The experiences so far at the local levels have been very refreshing and pastorally enriching Therefore we request all Catholics to participate actively in the various phases of the Synod 6 EVENTS IN THE CHURCH We are grateful to the Holy Father Pope Francis for the appointment of Bishop Jonas Benson Okoye as the new Bishop of Nnewi Diocese Likewise we rejoice with Bishop Hilary Okeke on his retirement and thank him for his dedicated service to the Church and humanity Similarly we received with great joy the news of the appointment of Bishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji as the Metropolitan Archbishop of Owerri His installation ceremony comes up on 23 June 2022 We congratulate him while we wish Archbishop Anthony Obinna a happy retirement We equally thank the Holy Father for the appointment of Bishop Emmanuel Badejo as a member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications We thank God for many other joyful events in the Church in Nigeria The Diocese of Umuahia celebrated the Centenary of the Catholic faith in the land and the celebration of the Centenary of the foundation of Legion of Mary in Nigeria took place in Ikot Ekpene Diocese Likewise the Diocese of Port Harcourt celebrated 60th Anniversary of its canonical erection while the Diocese of Kafanchan celebrated the Silver Jubilee of its creation May God be praised both now and forever Amen The National Pastoral Congress is scheduled for 7 11 November 2022 in Benin City Immediately after the Pastoral Congress is the National Eucharistic Congress with the theme Becoming the Eucharist we Celebrate A Call to live as one and serve the Weak which holds in the Archdiocese of Benin City between 11 and 12 November 2022 We encourage all Catholics to participate actively at the various levels of the celebration while we pray for a renewed love of and firm belief in the Eucharist Prior to the Eucharistic Congress is the National Bible Week which holds from 18 to 25 September 2022 with the theme Proclaiming the Word of God Gift of Life for a Fragile Nigeria We urge all Dioceses and our Catholic institutions to celebrate this week in a befitting and profound manner We the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria have recently published a Book of the Prayer of the Faithful for the Church in Nigeria This is to facilitate and promote the Christian faithful s active conscious and full participation in the Eucharistic Liturgy We admonish all parishes chaplaincies and other Catholic institutions to avail themselves of the opportunity this book of prayers provides We are happy to announce a smooth change in the leadership of our Conference Most Rev Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji the newly appointed Archbishop of Owerri has been elected the President while Most Rev Matthew Man Oso Ndagoso the Archbishop of Kaduna is the Vice President Similarly Most Rev Donatus Aihmiosion Ogun OSA the Bishop of Uromi is the Secretary and Most Rev Peter Odetoyinbo Bishop of Abeokuta is the Assistant Secretary We wish them and the other elected officers a successful tenure We thank Archbishop Augustine Akubeze Archbishop Lucius Ugorji Bishop Camillus Umoh and Bishop Charles Hammawa and other officers for their years of dedicated service to the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria With sadness but with a firm belief in the Resurrection we note the passing on of Bishop Paul Olawoore We are indeed grateful to God for the time he served as the Chief Shepherd of the Diocese of Ilorin May God grant him eternal reward in His Kingdom May he rest in peace Amen 7 LENT A PERIOD FOR INTERIOR CONVERSION The message of Lent is straightforward repent and believe the Good News The Season is a privileged moment for interior examination and conversion as we intensify our prayers to purify ourselves and for our spiritual rebirth It is a period of internal renewal and service We urge all Nigerians especially our young people to eschew corrupt acquisition of wealth and violent pursuit of power More than ever before we seek healing and reconciliation in this period as we open ourselves more readily for dialogue to achieve lasting peace As we engage in prayer fasting and almsgiving may the swords clubs guns bombs and knives used to maim kill and destroy our brothers and sisters be beaten into ploughshares Is 2 4 Let us remember that prayer and hardwork remain the keys that open the gate to success 8 CONCLUSION As we conclude this Communiqu we recall the incisive admonition of Pope Francis Let us dream then as a single human family as fellow travellers sharing the same flesh as children of the same earth which is our common home each of us bringing the richness of his or her beliefs and convictions each of us with his or her beliefs and convictions brothers and sisters of all FT 8 Through the intercession of Mary Queen and Patroness of Nigeria may we experience lasting peace and restored social friendship in our land Amen Most Rev Augustine Obiora AKUBEZE Archbishop of Benin City President CBCN Most Rev Camillus Raymond UMOH Bishop of Ikot Ekpene Secretary CBCN nbsp
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    A Communiqué issued at the end of the First Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) (https://CBCN-ng.org) at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria Resource Centre, Durumi, Abuja, 5 - 11 March 2022:1. PREAMBLEWe, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, held our First Plenary Meeting for the year at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria Resource Centre, Durumi, Abuja, from 5 - 11 March 2022. Having prayerfully reflected on issues affecting the Church and the Nigerian State, we now issue this Communiqué.2. WE ALL ARE BROTHERS AND SISTERSOn 4 February 2019, Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, published a joint document, Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together. Following that publication, on 4 October 2020 in Assisi, the Holy Father issued the Encyclical Letter, Fratelli Tutti (FT), On Fraternity and Social Friendship. Inspired by these two documents, we invite all to a sincere acceptance that we are brothers and sisters and embrace the things that unite and bond us together irrespective of differences. By virtue of our being created by One God and our descent from a common ancestry (Gen. 2:4), we must go beyond sophistry and rhetoric and work towards a tradition of love that transcends the barriers of race, nationality, culture, ethnicity, religious or political affiliation and geographical distance. We call on our fellow countrymen and women, as well as all persons of goodwill to recognize that our common humanity is a gift and a challenge.We earnestly join millions of Catholics around the globe to pray for unity and peaceful dialogue between nations and communities, without which the deeply divided world cannot find the much-needed healing. We continue to pray especially for peace in Ukraine and Russia and other war-torn regions of the world. We, therefore, call for fair and equitable treatment of all those displaced by this avoidable conflict, regardless of their origin, race and nationality.3. THE STATE OF THE NATIONPromoting Fraternity through Good Politics and GovernanceWe note that politics is a noble vocation for the common good. We equally affirm that political office holders have a fundamental role to play in providing good governance. Although political parties are the platforms through which political offices are sought in Nigeria, elected officials should build fraternity among all citizens irrespective of differences in creed, ethnic group, sex, and political opinion. In our nation today, we observe that there is no evident fairness in the distribution of social amenities or in making appointments to offices despite the Federal Character principle enshrined in the Constitution. There is also no functional, stable, qualitative and affordable educational system that should be the bedrock of development. Currently, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is on strike with the consequent closure of our public universities, thereby leaving our young people roaming the streets. We urge the Federal Government to quickly and permanently settle the dispute in the interest of human and national growth.We observe a gross lack of job opportunities, equity, gender balance between male and female, good moral standards, an adequate justice system, transparency and accountability. We, therefore, call on governments at all levels to respect and protect people's fundamental rights and shun all forms of ethno-religious favouritism. We also urge political office holders to embrace a better kind of politics by proper application of the principles of equity and subsidiarity for programmes of development; and by “promoting an economy that favours productive diversity for job creation” in the interest of respect for human dignity (FT 168 & 175). We encourage all citizens to participate in the forthcoming national population census exercise to help Government have the data needed for proper policies that will aid development.Constitutional and Electoral Reforms: Recipe for Peace and DevelopmentWe are aware that the Constitution of any nation is the primary law that provides for the organization and direction of the actions of governments about the welfare of citizens. We also know that a faulty Constitution can breed rancour, discontent, and maldevelopment. We thank the Government for initiating processes towards reforming our national Constitution handed down by the military Government. We urge the legislature and the executive to exercise their relevant roles to give the nation an adequate Constitution that reflects our common aspiration to live in unity, justice, and peace. We commend the efforts of the National Assembly, the President, and all who made it possible for our country to now have a reformed electoral law, the Electoral Act 2022. If well and sincerely implemented, we believe that this law will engender a better democracy in which there would be free, fair and transparent elections, through which people choose their leaders who would serve the common good. We gladly welcome the adoption of modern technology to improve the quality of our electoral process. However, in and of itself, technology may not necessarily guarantee free and fair elections. We, therefore, draw attention to the need for sincerity and vigilance over the accuracy and objective use of the technology being adopted. We encourage good and qualified people with the right intention to vie for political offices. We ask all eligible citizens to secure their voter’s cards and come out en masse to vote for those who can lead our people to a better life. We demand that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) register only qualified people and ensure that people’s votes count and their mandates are respected. We also urge the electoral commission and other relevant bodies to organize and promote appropriate voter education.Need for Dialogue and Friendship to Counter Violence and InsecurityWe have in our past Communiqués, press releases, and other relevant documents condemned the spate of violence and insecurity in our land. Yet, violence and insecurity have continued to rise unabated to our greatest disappointment. We are deeply saddened that kidnapping, abductions, armed robbery, assassinations and other incidents of shedding innocent blood have continued often without prompt and adequate response from the Government and the security agencies. We condemn these killings and call on Government to bring these to an end. In addition, we request the Governments at all levels to do more, especially by exploring the path of dialogue even with those opposed to its policies. For dialogue and friendship in society is “the desirable mean between selfish indifference and violent protest” (FT 203).4. THE MEDIA: GOD’S GIFTS TO HUMANITYWe firmly acknowledge the role and power of the media for influencing and creating a fraternity of humanity and serving as tools of positive social friendship. The media in themselves are gifts from God for the good of society. However, the media are sometimes manipulative and destructive. In Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis calls for the use of media in a manner that not only connects people but also builds bridges, develops authentic interpersonal relationships and therefore builds community. He nevertheless cautions against the inappropriate use of digital media platforms. Today’s realities call for a new media approach, which can help people listen to one another and resolve differences and conflicts. The willingness to listen to others is foundational to the readiness to accept and welcome those who are different from us. Together, therefore we must seek the truth in dialogue, for  “the process of building fraternity, be it local or universal, can only be undertaken by spirits that are free and open to authentic encounters”  (FT 50).We, the Catholic Bishops, have instituted Communications Week (COMWEEK) to facilitate the attainment of the above objective of the media. We call on the different segments of the particular Churches in Nigeria, the media organs and pastoral agents to work closely with the National Directorate of Social Communications, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, to ensure that the media literacy programme scheduled to run in our Parishes from 22 to 29 May this year is successful (comweeknigeria.com). All Catholics and non-Catholics are also requested to log on to the Nigeria Catholic Network (nigeriacatholicnetwork.com) for synergy and pastoral guidance.5. THE SYNODAL JOURNEY, AN EXPRESSION OF FRATERNITYWe are once more grateful to the Holy Father, Pope Francis, for convening the Synod on Synodality. This Synod is a dynamic process of convergence that calls for listening and dialogue, leading to greater collaboration, a more profound sense of communion and participation in Church life at various levels. As a Church, we are committed to making the sacrifices that foster genuine encounters and seek convergence by listening to one another, thereby making room for everyone.We firmly believe that if the synodal journey is faithfully undertaken, there will be a resurgence of faith and a more profound commitment to the Christian ideals and values. We are equally convinced that the ingredients of listening, dialogue and collaboration that flow from the Synod are the bedrock of building human fraternity and a world that will enjoy sustainable peace.The Church in Nigeria is of one mind and heart with the Holy Father on the Synod on Synodality the conclusive celebration of which is scheduled for October 2023. The experiences so far at the local levels have been very refreshing and pastorally enriching. Therefore, we request all Catholics to participate actively in the various phases of the Synod.6. EVENTS IN THE CHURCHWe are grateful to the Holy Father, Pope Francis, for the appointment of Bishop Jonas Benson Okoye as the new Bishop of Nnewi Diocese. Likewise, we rejoice with Bishop Hilary Okeke on his retirement and thank him for his dedicated service to the Church and humanity. Similarly, we received with great joy the news of the appointment of Bishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji as the Metropolitan Archbishop of Owerri. His installation ceremony comes up on 23 June 2022. We congratulate him while we wish Archbishop Anthony Obinna a happy retirement. We equally thank the Holy Father for the appointment of Bishop Emmanuel Badejo as a member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.We thank God for many other joyful events in the Church in Nigeria. The Diocese of Umuahia celebrated the Centenary of the Catholic faith in the land and the celebration of the Centenary of the foundation of Legion of Mary in Nigeria took place in Ikot-Ekpene Diocese. Likewise, the Diocese of Port Harcourt celebrated 60th Anniversary of its canonical erection, while the Diocese of Kafanchan celebrated the Silver Jubilee of its creation. May God be praised both now and forever. Amen.The National Pastoral Congress is scheduled for 7-11 November 2022 in Benin City. Immediately after the Pastoral Congress is the National Eucharistic Congress with the theme: “Becoming the Eucharist we Celebrate: A Call to live as one and serve the Weak”, which holds in the Archdiocese of Benin City between 11 and 12 November 2022. We encourage all Catholics to participate actively at the various levels of the celebration while we pray for a renewed love of and firm belief in the Eucharist. Prior to the Eucharistic Congress is the National Bible Week, which holds from 18 to 25 September 2022 with the theme: Proclaiming the Word of God: Gift of Life for a Fragile Nigeria. We urge all Dioceses and our Catholic institutions to celebrate this week in a befitting and profound manner.We, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria have recently published a Book of the Prayer of the Faithful for the Church in Nigeria. This is to facilitate and promote the Christian faithful’s active, conscious, and full participation in the Eucharistic Liturgy. We admonish all parishes, chaplaincies and other Catholic institutions to avail themselves of the opportunity this book of prayers provides.We are happy to announce a smooth change in the leadership of our Conference: Most Rev. Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, the newly appointed Archbishop of Owerri, has been elected the President, while, Most Rev. Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso, the Archbishop of Kaduna, is the Vice President. Similarly, Most Rev. Donatus Aihmiosion Ogun, OSA, the Bishop of Uromi, is the Secretary and Most Rev. Peter Odetoyinbo, Bishop of Abeokuta, is the Assistant Secretary. We wish them and the other elected officers a successful tenure. We thank Archbishop Augustine Akubeze, Archbishop Lucius Ugorji, Bishop Camillus Umoh, and Bishop Charles Hammawa and other officers for their years of dedicated service to the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria.With sadness but with a firm belief in the Resurrection, we note the passing on of Bishop Paul Olawoore. We are indeed grateful to God for the time he served as the Chief Shepherd of the Diocese of Ilorin. May God grant him eternal reward in His Kingdom. May he rest in peace. Amen.7. LENT, A PERIOD FOR INTERIOR CONVERSIONThe message of Lent is straightforward: “repent and believe the Good News”. The Season is a privileged moment for interior examination and conversion as we intensify our prayers to purify ourselves and for our spiritual rebirth. It is a period of internal renewal and service. We urge all Nigerians, especially our young people to eschew corrupt acquisition of wealth, and violent pursuit of power. More than ever before, we seek healing and reconciliation in this period as we open ourselves more readily for dialogue to achieve lasting peace. As we engage in prayer, fasting and almsgiving, may the swords, clubs, guns, bombs and knives used to maim, kill and destroy our brothers and sisters be beaten into ploughshares (Is. 2:4). Let us remember that prayer and hardwork remain the keys that open the gate to success.8. CONCLUSIONAs we conclude this Communiqué, we recall the incisive admonition of Pope Francis: “Let us dream then, as a single human family, as fellow travellers sharing the same flesh, as children of the same earth which is our common home, each of us bringing the richness of his or her beliefs and convictions, each of us with his or her beliefs and convictions, brothers and sisters of all” (FT 8).Through the intercession of Mary, Queen and Patroness of Nigeria, may we experience lasting peace and restored social friendship in our land. Amen.Most Rev. Augustine Obiora AKUBEZE Archbishop of Benin City President, CBCNMost Rev. Camillus Raymond UMOH Bishop of Ikot-Ekpene Secretary, CBCN 

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      Most Russian Lutherans are ethnic Germans Although services are now conducted in Russian the Our Father is still prayed in the language of Luther The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Russia has some 40 000 members and is headed by 34 year old Dietrich Brauer the youngest archbishop in the Lutheran World Federation Find out more
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    Most Russian Lutherans are ethnic Germans. Although services are now conducted in Russian, the "Our Father” is still prayed in the language of Luther. The Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Russia has some 40,000 members and is headed by 34-year-old Dietrich Brauer, the youngest archbishop in the Lutheran World Federation. Find out more: