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  •  We the Catholic bishops of the 16 countries of the West African Sub region which comprises the Meeting of Episcopal Conferences of West Africa RECOWA have celebrated our 4th General Assembly at the Resource Center of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria Durumi Abuja Nigeria May 2 9 2022 We thank God for the success of our meeting We are grateful to you for the grand opening ceremony attended by Luis Antonio Cardenal TAGLE Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples Vatican City Philip Cardinal Ouedraogo President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar SECAM Cardinal John Onayekan Archbishop Emeritus of Abuja the Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria His Excellency Archbishop Antonio Guido Fillipazzi Archbishops Bishops priests religious the Chairman of the ECOWAS Commission His Excellency Jean Claude Kassi BROU and many distinguished laity of all classes We the Bishops of RECOWA are honored and grateful for the presence of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria His Excellency Professor Yemi Osinbajo who attended the ceremony accompanied by other distinguished Federal Ministers and eminent officials of the government In gratitude His Excellency the Vice President encouraged the Catholic Church to uphold its prophetic role of promoting truth justice and peace in good times and bad FRATELLI TUTTI THEME OF THE ASSEMBLY The deliberations of our assembly focused on the theme Fratelli Tutti a way to build fraternity and sustainable peace in West Africa Fratelli Tutti is the title of Pope Francis latest encyclical on fraternity and social friendship The assembly gratefully acknowledged that the pope s call actually emphasized the pontiff s concern for man and creation over time that he already proposed in his previous encyclicals Evangelii Gaudium Joy of the Gospel and Laudato Si Praise Be my Sir Fratelli Tutti recognized the fact that the Holy Father had previously underlined that it is important that catechesis and preaching include more directly and clearly the social meaning of existence the fraternal dimension of spirituality the conviction of the inalienable dignity of each person and the motivation for loving and welcoming everyone THE CALL FOR JUSTICE PEACE AND SECURITY Our assembly emphasized that the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking It is justice peace and joy in the Holy Spirit He who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men Let us therefore continue what promotes peace and mutual edification Rom 14 17 19 Fratelli Tutti therefore calls for the collaboration of all the organs of the Church and with other religions civil society organizations and governments at all levels The document also urges us to build a true brotherhood to eliminate all forms of tribalism and ethnocentrism that are deeply eating away at the fabric of peace and love in our society The Pope s encyclical underlines the fact that compassion for man and the planet is an ethical virtue It flows from faith in Jesus Christ Complacency doing nothing to protect brothers and sisters and not promoting the survival of mankind is sinful He regrets that the status quo in which West Africa seems to find itself in terms of peace which is merely synonymous with the absence of war is in no way providing solutions to the complex problems that afflict many people and communities in West Africa are found today It clearly indicates that the Church other religious organizations governments political and traditional leaders civil society organizations and people of good will have a moral and spiritual obligation to ensure that present generations live in peace and that future generations future inherit a livable West Africa devoid of man made calamities SPECIFIC CONSIDERATIONS In our deliberations it became clear that Fratelli Tutti can help us in our responsibility to bring about effective pastoral governance and greater social friendship in West Africa and throughout the world We all bishops priests consecrated persons and lay faithful are reminded that we are as Jesus underlined the salt of the earth Mtt 5 13 et seq Since so many of our own are suffering we are encouraged to show greater Christian commitment to ease their pain and give them reasons to go on living The last two years of the Covid 19 pandemic made us recognize that at the end of the day we are all family It opened our eyes to the fact that we cannot face our problems alone or in isolation Therefore we must guard against the culture of indifference and individualism We must always come together in solidarity to work for our common good The example of the Good Samaritan in the Gospel should compel us to admire the attitude of the Samaritan towards his Jewish brother We remember that the priest and the Levite passed him by indifferent to his needs One is truly moved by the risk taken by this Samaritan It was Pope Francis who juxtaposed the role of one who alleviates the suffering of others and that of one who simply ignores the suffering of others Therefore the bishops urge Christians and all people of good will in our subregion to overcome the various barriers to reach those in need We feel called to bear stronger witness to our Christian values Our people are hungry dehumanized and suffering our youth exposed to life threatening adventures on the high seas as they seek to discover greener pastures in overseas countries We are called to give hope to this people WE MUST KEEP THE ADVOCACY As a Church we call on politicians other leaders and indeed our people to come to order in their never ending quest for self aggrandizement and wealth acquisition We urge Christian politicians traditional rulers technocrats professionals especially those in the media businessmen and women and indeed all our people to live out their Christian vocation in the fight against corruption ethnocentrism sectionalism and all forms of injustice in society We strongly denounce the policies and practices of our governments and leaders that facilitate and enable the exploitation and marginalization of our people and endanger the future of our children Tragically some people involved in acts of violence and terrorism have aggravated the state of insecurity in our subregion We call on everyone to never tire of denouncing and eradicating such evils among us HOPE IN THE MIDDLE OF WORRIES Therefore we recognize the dangers inherent in our current society We count a lot on the glimmers of hope that resonate in various spheres We remain optimistic that none of the problems besetting our subregion is insurmountable However we need to work together with like minded ideas in politics religion economics social life the media in synergy to fight against all forms of inhumanity of man towards man ELECTION OF NEW LEADERSHIP At the end of our deliberations we held elections and the following emerged as meeting leaders for the next three years Most Reverend Alexis Touabli YOULOU Diocese of Agboville Cote D ivoire President Most Reverend Joseph Kwaku AFRIFAH AGYEKUM Bishop of Koforidua First Vice President and Most Reverend Jos Lampra CA Bissau Second Vice President Also chosen to lead the meeting s secretariat were Father Vitalis Anaehobi Secretary General of Nigeria Father Vincent de Paul BORO Deputy Secretary General and Father Celestine Sagna Second Deputy Secretary APPRECIATION AND CONCLUSION We wish to deeply thank the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria CBCN and indeed the entire Catholic Community the government of the country and various men and women of good will for their magnanimity in their warm reception We pray that the Almighty God who is never outdone in generosity will richly reward Nigerians May the joy and peace of the risen Lord be with you all Rev Father Vitalis ANAEHOBI Secretary General of Recowa Alexis TOUABLI YOULO Bishop of Agboville Apostolic Administrator of Yamoussoukro President nbsp
    Communique Issued at the End of 4th General Assembly of RECOWA
     We the Catholic bishops of the 16 countries of the West African Sub region which comprises the Meeting of Episcopal Conferences of West Africa RECOWA have celebrated our 4th General Assembly at the Resource Center of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria Durumi Abuja Nigeria May 2 9 2022 We thank God for the success of our meeting We are grateful to you for the grand opening ceremony attended by Luis Antonio Cardenal TAGLE Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples Vatican City Philip Cardinal Ouedraogo President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar SECAM Cardinal John Onayekan Archbishop Emeritus of Abuja the Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria His Excellency Archbishop Antonio Guido Fillipazzi Archbishops Bishops priests religious the Chairman of the ECOWAS Commission His Excellency Jean Claude Kassi BROU and many distinguished laity of all classes We the Bishops of RECOWA are honored and grateful for the presence of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria His Excellency Professor Yemi Osinbajo who attended the ceremony accompanied by other distinguished Federal Ministers and eminent officials of the government In gratitude His Excellency the Vice President encouraged the Catholic Church to uphold its prophetic role of promoting truth justice and peace in good times and bad FRATELLI TUTTI THEME OF THE ASSEMBLY The deliberations of our assembly focused on the theme Fratelli Tutti a way to build fraternity and sustainable peace in West Africa Fratelli Tutti is the title of Pope Francis latest encyclical on fraternity and social friendship The assembly gratefully acknowledged that the pope s call actually emphasized the pontiff s concern for man and creation over time that he already proposed in his previous encyclicals Evangelii Gaudium Joy of the Gospel and Laudato Si Praise Be my Sir Fratelli Tutti recognized the fact that the Holy Father had previously underlined that it is important that catechesis and preaching include more directly and clearly the social meaning of existence the fraternal dimension of spirituality the conviction of the inalienable dignity of each person and the motivation for loving and welcoming everyone THE CALL FOR JUSTICE PEACE AND SECURITY Our assembly emphasized that the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking It is justice peace and joy in the Holy Spirit He who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men Let us therefore continue what promotes peace and mutual edification Rom 14 17 19 Fratelli Tutti therefore calls for the collaboration of all the organs of the Church and with other religions civil society organizations and governments at all levels The document also urges us to build a true brotherhood to eliminate all forms of tribalism and ethnocentrism that are deeply eating away at the fabric of peace and love in our society The Pope s encyclical underlines the fact that compassion for man and the planet is an ethical virtue It flows from faith in Jesus Christ Complacency doing nothing to protect brothers and sisters and not promoting the survival of mankind is sinful He regrets that the status quo in which West Africa seems to find itself in terms of peace which is merely synonymous with the absence of war is in no way providing solutions to the complex problems that afflict many people and communities in West Africa are found today It clearly indicates that the Church other religious organizations governments political and traditional leaders civil society organizations and people of good will have a moral and spiritual obligation to ensure that present generations live in peace and that future generations future inherit a livable West Africa devoid of man made calamities SPECIFIC CONSIDERATIONS In our deliberations it became clear that Fratelli Tutti can help us in our responsibility to bring about effective pastoral governance and greater social friendship in West Africa and throughout the world We all bishops priests consecrated persons and lay faithful are reminded that we are as Jesus underlined the salt of the earth Mtt 5 13 et seq Since so many of our own are suffering we are encouraged to show greater Christian commitment to ease their pain and give them reasons to go on living The last two years of the Covid 19 pandemic made us recognize that at the end of the day we are all family It opened our eyes to the fact that we cannot face our problems alone or in isolation Therefore we must guard against the culture of indifference and individualism We must always come together in solidarity to work for our common good The example of the Good Samaritan in the Gospel should compel us to admire the attitude of the Samaritan towards his Jewish brother We remember that the priest and the Levite passed him by indifferent to his needs One is truly moved by the risk taken by this Samaritan It was Pope Francis who juxtaposed the role of one who alleviates the suffering of others and that of one who simply ignores the suffering of others Therefore the bishops urge Christians and all people of good will in our subregion to overcome the various barriers to reach those in need We feel called to bear stronger witness to our Christian values Our people are hungry dehumanized and suffering our youth exposed to life threatening adventures on the high seas as they seek to discover greener pastures in overseas countries We are called to give hope to this people WE MUST KEEP THE ADVOCACY As a Church we call on politicians other leaders and indeed our people to come to order in their never ending quest for self aggrandizement and wealth acquisition We urge Christian politicians traditional rulers technocrats professionals especially those in the media businessmen and women and indeed all our people to live out their Christian vocation in the fight against corruption ethnocentrism sectionalism and all forms of injustice in society We strongly denounce the policies and practices of our governments and leaders that facilitate and enable the exploitation and marginalization of our people and endanger the future of our children Tragically some people involved in acts of violence and terrorism have aggravated the state of insecurity in our subregion We call on everyone to never tire of denouncing and eradicating such evils among us HOPE IN THE MIDDLE OF WORRIES Therefore we recognize the dangers inherent in our current society We count a lot on the glimmers of hope that resonate in various spheres We remain optimistic that none of the problems besetting our subregion is insurmountable However we need to work together with like minded ideas in politics religion economics social life the media in synergy to fight against all forms of inhumanity of man towards man ELECTION OF NEW LEADERSHIP At the end of our deliberations we held elections and the following emerged as meeting leaders for the next three years Most Reverend Alexis Touabli YOULOU Diocese of Agboville Cote D ivoire President Most Reverend Joseph Kwaku AFRIFAH AGYEKUM Bishop of Koforidua First Vice President and Most Reverend Jos Lampra CA Bissau Second Vice President Also chosen to lead the meeting s secretariat were Father Vitalis Anaehobi Secretary General of Nigeria Father Vincent de Paul BORO Deputy Secretary General and Father Celestine Sagna Second Deputy Secretary APPRECIATION AND CONCLUSION We wish to deeply thank the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria CBCN and indeed the entire Catholic Community the government of the country and various men and women of good will for their magnanimity in their warm reception We pray that the Almighty God who is never outdone in generosity will richly reward Nigerians May the joy and peace of the risen Lord be with you all Rev Father Vitalis ANAEHOBI Secretary General of Recowa Alexis TOUABLI YOULO Bishop of Agboville Apostolic Administrator of Yamoussoukro President nbsp
    Communique Issued at the End of 4th General Assembly of RECOWA
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    Communique Issued at the End of 4th General Assembly of RECOWA

    We, the Catholic bishops of the 16 countries of the West African Sub-region, which comprises the Meeting of Episcopal Conferences of West Africa (RECOWA), have celebrated our 4th General Assembly at the Resource Center of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Durumi, Abuja, Nigeria, May 2-9, 2022.We thank God for the success of our meeting. We are grateful to you for the grand opening ceremony attended by Luis Antonio Cardenal TAGLE, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Vatican City, Philip Cardinal Ouedraogo, President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, SECAM , Cardinal John Onayekan, Archbishop Emeritus of Abuja, the Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, His Excellency Archbishop Antonio Guido Fillipazzi, Archbishops, Bishops, priests, religious, the Chairman of the ECOWAS Commission, His Excellency Jean Claude Kassi-BROU and many distinguished laity of all classes We, the Bishops of RECOWA, are honored and grateful for the presence of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who attended the ceremony, accompanied by other distinguished Federal Ministers and eminent officials of the government. In gratitude, His Excellency, the Vice President encouraged the Catholic Church to uphold its prophetic role of promoting truth, justice and peace in good times and bad.FRATELLI TUTTI: THEME OF THE ASSEMBLYThe deliberations of our assembly focused on the theme: "Fratelli Tutti: a way to build fraternity and sustainable peace in West Africa" ​​Fratelli Tutti is the title of Pope Francis' latest encyclical on fraternity and social friendship. The assembly gratefully acknowledged that the pope's call actually emphasized the pontiff's concern for man and creation over time that he already proposed in his previous encyclicals, Evangelii Gaudium, (Joy of the Gospel) and Laudato Si, (Praise Be my Sir). Fratelli Tutti recognized the fact that the Holy Father had previously underlined that it is important that catechesis and preaching include more directly and clearly the social meaning of existence, the fraternal dimension of spirituality, the conviction of the inalienable dignity of each person and the motivation for loving and welcoming everyone.THE CALL FOR JUSTICE, PEACE AND SECURITYOur assembly emphasized that the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking. It is justice, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. He who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men. Let us therefore continue what promotes peace and mutual edification, Rom. 14,17-19. Fratelli Tutti therefore calls for the collaboration of all the organs of the Church and with other religions, civil society organizations and governments at all levels. The document also urges us to build a true brotherhood to eliminate all forms of tribalism and ethnocentrism that are deeply eating away at the fabric of peace and love in our society.The Pope's encyclical underlines the fact that compassion for man and the planet is an ethical virtue. It flows from faith in Jesus Christ. Complacency, doing nothing to protect brothers and sisters, and not promoting the survival of mankind is sinful. He regrets that the status quo, in which West Africa seems to find itself in terms of peace, which is merely synonymous with the absence of war, is in no way providing solutions to the complex problems that afflict many people and communities in West Africa. are found today. It clearly indicates that the Church, other religious organizations, governments, political and traditional leaders, civil society organizations and people of good will have a moral and spiritual obligation to ensure that present generations live in peace and that future generations future inherit a livable West Africa devoid of man-made calamities.SPECIFIC CONSIDERATIONSIn our deliberations, it became clear that Fratelli Tutti can help us in our responsibility to bring about effective pastoral governance and greater social friendship in West Africa and throughout the world. We all, bishops, priests, consecrated persons and lay faithful, are reminded that we are, as Jesus underlined, the salt of the earth Mtt. 5, 13 et seq. Since so many of our own are suffering, we are encouraged to show greater Christian commitment to ease their pain and give them reasons to go on living.The last two years of the Covid 19 pandemic made us recognize that at the end of the day we are all family. It opened our eyes to the fact that we cannot face our problems alone or in isolation. Therefore, we must guard against the culture of indifference and individualism. We must always come together in solidarity to work for our common good. The example of the Good Samaritan in the Gospel should compel us to admire the attitude of the Samaritan towards his Jewish brother. We remember that the priest and the Levite passed him by, indifferent to his needs. One is truly moved by the risk taken by this Samaritan. It was Pope Francis who juxtaposed the role of one who alleviates the suffering of others and that of one who simply ignores the suffering of others. Therefore, the bishops urge Christians and all people of good will in our subregion to overcome the various barriers to reach those in need. We feel called to bear stronger witness to our Christian values.Our people are hungry, dehumanized and suffering; our youth exposed to life-threatening adventures on the high seas as they seek to discover greener pastures in overseas countries. We are called to give hope to this people.WE MUST KEEP THE ADVOCACYAs a Church, we call on politicians, other leaders, and indeed our people to come to order in their never-ending quest for self-aggrandizement and wealth acquisition. We urge Christian politicians, traditional rulers, technocrats, professionals, especially those in the media, businessmen and women, and indeed all our people to live out their Christian vocation in the fight against corruption. , ethnocentrism, sectionalism and all forms of injustice in society. We strongly denounce the policies and practices of our governments and leaders that facilitate and enable the exploitation and marginalization of our people and endanger the future of our children. Tragically, some people involved in acts of violence and terrorism have aggravated the state of insecurity in our subregion. We call on everyone to never tire of denouncing and eradicating such evils among us.HOPE IN THE MIDDLE OF WORRIESTherefore, we recognize the dangers inherent in our current society. We count a lot on the glimmers of hope that resonate in various spheres. We remain optimistic that none of the problems besetting our subregion is insurmountable. However, we need to work together, with like-minded ideas in politics, religion, economics, social life, the media, in synergy to fight against all forms of inhumanity of man towards man.*ELECTION OF NEW LEADERSHIPAt the end of our deliberations, we held elections and the following emerged as meeting leaders for the next three years; Most Reverend Alexis Touabli YOULOU, Diocese of Agboville Cote D'ivoire, President, Most Reverend Joseph Kwaku AFRIFAH-AGYEKUM, Bishop of Koforidua, First Vice President, and Most Reverend José Lampra CA, Bissau, Second Vice President. Also chosen to lead the meeting's secretariat were Father Vitalis Anaehobi, Secretary General of Nigeria, Father Vincent de Paul BORO, Deputy Secretary General, and Father Celestine Sagna, Second Deputy Secretary.APPRECIATION AND CONCLUSIONWe wish to deeply thank the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) and indeed the entire Catholic Community, the government of the country and various men and women of good will for their magnanimity in their warm reception. We pray that the Almighty God, who is never outdone in generosity, will richly reward Nigerians. May the joy and peace of the risen Lord be with you all.Rev. Father. Vitalis ANAEHOBI Secretary General of Recowa+Alexis TOUABLI YOULO Bishop of Agboville Apostolic Administrator of Yamoussoukro President 

  •   Pope Francis has for the first time appointed a woman to a high post in the administration of the Vatican City State Sister Raffaella Petrini has been appointed Secretary General of the Vatican City Governorate the Holy See announced on Thursday She is the first woman to hold the second highest office in the governorate She will oversee the Vatican Museums and other Vatican State services such as the Currency and Stamp Office and the Fleet Petrinie 52 from Rome was with the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples which does missionary work Francis has focused on women in his staffing decisions in recent months Earlier in the year he made theologian Nathalie Becquart the first woman in the history of the Catholic Church to serve as undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops Then in August Francis appointed Sister Alessandra Smerilli Acting Secretary of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development which focuses on issues of migration and poverty She was also appointed delegate of the Vatican Covid 19 Commission dpa NAN
    Pope appoints first woman to lead Vatican governorate
      Pope Francis has for the first time appointed a woman to a high post in the administration of the Vatican City State Sister Raffaella Petrini has been appointed Secretary General of the Vatican City Governorate the Holy See announced on Thursday She is the first woman to hold the second highest office in the governorate She will oversee the Vatican Museums and other Vatican State services such as the Currency and Stamp Office and the Fleet Petrinie 52 from Rome was with the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples which does missionary work Francis has focused on women in his staffing decisions in recent months Earlier in the year he made theologian Nathalie Becquart the first woman in the history of the Catholic Church to serve as undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops Then in August Francis appointed Sister Alessandra Smerilli Acting Secretary of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development which focuses on issues of migration and poverty She was also appointed delegate of the Vatican Covid 19 Commission dpa NAN
    Pope appoints first woman to lead Vatican governorate
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    Pope appoints first woman to lead Vatican governorate

    Pope Francis has for the first time appointed a woman to a high post in the administration of the Vatican City State.

    Sister Raffaella Petrini has been appointed Secretary General of the Vatican City Governorate, the Holy See announced on Thursday.

    She is the first woman to hold the second highest office in the governorate.

    She will oversee the Vatican Museums and other Vatican State services such as the Currency and Stamp Office and the Fleet.

    Petrinie, 52, from Rome was with the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, which does missionary work.

    Francis has focused on women in his staffing decisions in recent months.

    Earlier in the year, he made theologian Nathalie Becquart the first woman in the history of the Catholic Church to serve as undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops.

    Then, in August, Francis appointed Sister Alessandra Smerilli Acting Secretary of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, which focuses on issues of migration and poverty.

    She was also appointed delegate of the Vatican Covid-19 Commission.

    dpa / NAN

  •   Pope Francis said that he rejected the offer of resignation from the Archbishop of Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx in a letter published by the Vatican on Thursday Marx had told the pope he would step down amid the sexual abuse crisis that has plagued the Catholic Church in recent years Marx has not been accused of sexual abuse himself but called it a matter of sharing responsibility The Catholic Church in Germany has been shaken by a barrage of allegations that members of the clergy have carried out wide ranging abuse against minors for years The pope said that it was up to every bishop not just Marx to take responsibility for the catastrophe of the abuse crisis Continue as you propose in your pastoral work but as Archbishop of Munich and Freising the pope wrote to Marx referring to the position he was offering to vacate While the pope refused to accept Marx s resignation he agreed that it was necessary to introduce a reform that doesn t consist in words but attitudes that have the courage of putting oneself in crisis of assuming reality regardless of the consequences The entire Church is in crisis because of the abuse issue and the Church cannot proceed without tackling this crisis The policy of burying the head in the sand leads nowhere Pope Francis wrote
    Pope rejects German cardinal's departure over abuse scandal
      Pope Francis said that he rejected the offer of resignation from the Archbishop of Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx in a letter published by the Vatican on Thursday Marx had told the pope he would step down amid the sexual abuse crisis that has plagued the Catholic Church in recent years Marx has not been accused of sexual abuse himself but called it a matter of sharing responsibility The Catholic Church in Germany has been shaken by a barrage of allegations that members of the clergy have carried out wide ranging abuse against minors for years The pope said that it was up to every bishop not just Marx to take responsibility for the catastrophe of the abuse crisis Continue as you propose in your pastoral work but as Archbishop of Munich and Freising the pope wrote to Marx referring to the position he was offering to vacate While the pope refused to accept Marx s resignation he agreed that it was necessary to introduce a reform that doesn t consist in words but attitudes that have the courage of putting oneself in crisis of assuming reality regardless of the consequences The entire Church is in crisis because of the abuse issue and the Church cannot proceed without tackling this crisis The policy of burying the head in the sand leads nowhere Pope Francis wrote
    Pope rejects German cardinal's departure over abuse scandal
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    Pope rejects German cardinal's departure over abuse scandal


    Pope Francis said that he rejected the offer of resignation from the Archbishop of Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx in a letter published by the Vatican on Thursday.Marx had told the pope he would step down amid the sexual abuse crisis that has plagued the Catholic Church in recent years. Marx has not been accused of sexual abuse himself, but called it a "matter of sharing responsibility." The Catholic Church in Germany has been shaken by a barrage of allegations that members of the clergy have carried out wide-ranging abuse against minors for years.The pope said that it was up to every bishop, not just Marx, to take responsibility for the "catastrophe" of the abuse crisis. "Continue as you propose (in your pastoral work) but as Archbishop of Munich and Freising," the pope wrote to Marx, referring to the position he was offering to vacate.While the pope refused to accept Marx's resignation, he agreed that it was necessary to introduce a reform "that doesn't consist in words but attitudes that have the courage of putting oneself in crisis, of assuming reality regardless of the consequences.'' "The entire Church is in crisis because of the abuse issue" and "the Church cannot proceed without tackling this crisis. The policy of burying the head in the sand leads nowhere," Pope Francis wrote.

  •  Pope Francis has appointed Rev Fr Joseph Ogundipe of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo as one of the six new consultors that will be advising him Catholic Pontiff on relations between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria Rev Sr Eunice Ikufisile the Director of Social Communications in the Catholic Diocese of Oyo stated this in a statement she e mailed to the Nigeria News Agency NAN in Lagos on Tuesday Ikufisile said that Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo received the message on March 9 2020 from the Vatican City and conveyed the appointment to Fr Ogundipe same day The statement said that Fr Ogundipe would serve with the Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims at the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue PCDI based at the Vatican The statement also quoted Badejo to have said that the appointment of Ogundipe as a consultor to the Commission for Relations with Muslims was for a period of five years As you know the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonuson the Roman Curia 1988 makes provision for this Commission within the ambit of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue he said The statement quoted the letter as saying The Commission meets once a year and the agenda provides for communications from individual Consultors on the situation of Islam and Christian Muslim relations in their respective countries The principal purpose of the Commission is to provide time for reflection on the church s relations with Muslims Badejo also congratulated Ogundipe for the commitment and initiative with which he had served Oyo Diocese especially in the field of interreligious relations He urged Ogundipe to do more to justify the confidence which Pope Francis had reposed in him that led to appointing him to the exalted position The statement also said that other priests from the diocese who were present when the bishop announced the appointment rejoiced with Fr Ogundipe They prayed that God would grant him wisdom and humility to give a good account of himself in the new position The Nigeria News Agency reports that Ogundipe had his priestly formation at St Peter s Spiritual year Seminary in Eruku Kwara and at the Seminary of All Saints Ekpoma in Edo He was ordained a priest in 2007 by Bishop Emeritus Julius Babatunde Adelakun of Oyo Diocese and has worked in several parishes in the diocese The statement said that Ogundipe is currently the Chaplain of St Thomas Moore Catholic Chaplaincy Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso The statement added that Ogundipe would continue to serve as the Director of the Ecumenical and Inter Religious Dialogue Commission for the Diocese of Oyo Edited By Peter Dada NAN
    Pope Francis appoints Nigerian priest as adviser on relations between Christians and  Muslims
     Pope Francis has appointed Rev Fr Joseph Ogundipe of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo as one of the six new consultors that will be advising him Catholic Pontiff on relations between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria Rev Sr Eunice Ikufisile the Director of Social Communications in the Catholic Diocese of Oyo stated this in a statement she e mailed to the Nigeria News Agency NAN in Lagos on Tuesday Ikufisile said that Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo received the message on March 9 2020 from the Vatican City and conveyed the appointment to Fr Ogundipe same day The statement said that Fr Ogundipe would serve with the Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims at the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue PCDI based at the Vatican The statement also quoted Badejo to have said that the appointment of Ogundipe as a consultor to the Commission for Relations with Muslims was for a period of five years As you know the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonuson the Roman Curia 1988 makes provision for this Commission within the ambit of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue he said The statement quoted the letter as saying The Commission meets once a year and the agenda provides for communications from individual Consultors on the situation of Islam and Christian Muslim relations in their respective countries The principal purpose of the Commission is to provide time for reflection on the church s relations with Muslims Badejo also congratulated Ogundipe for the commitment and initiative with which he had served Oyo Diocese especially in the field of interreligious relations He urged Ogundipe to do more to justify the confidence which Pope Francis had reposed in him that led to appointing him to the exalted position The statement also said that other priests from the diocese who were present when the bishop announced the appointment rejoiced with Fr Ogundipe They prayed that God would grant him wisdom and humility to give a good account of himself in the new position The Nigeria News Agency reports that Ogundipe had his priestly formation at St Peter s Spiritual year Seminary in Eruku Kwara and at the Seminary of All Saints Ekpoma in Edo He was ordained a priest in 2007 by Bishop Emeritus Julius Babatunde Adelakun of Oyo Diocese and has worked in several parishes in the diocese The statement said that Ogundipe is currently the Chaplain of St Thomas Moore Catholic Chaplaincy Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso The statement added that Ogundipe would continue to serve as the Director of the Ecumenical and Inter Religious Dialogue Commission for the Diocese of Oyo Edited By Peter Dada NAN
    Pope Francis appoints Nigerian priest as adviser on relations between Christians and  Muslims
    Metro3 years ago

    Pope Francis appoints Nigerian priest as adviser on relations between Christians and  Muslims

    Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Fr. Joseph Ogundipe of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo, as one of the six new consultors that will be advising him { Catholic Pontiff} on relations between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria.

     

    Rev Sr. Eunice Ikufisile, the Director of Social Communications in the Catholic Diocese of Oyo, stated this in a statement she e-mailed to the Nigeria News Agency {NAN} in Lagos on Tuesday.

     

    Ikufisile said that Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo received the message on March 9, 2020 from the Vatican City and  conveyed the appointment to Fr Ogundipe same day.

     

    The statement said that Fr Ogundipe would serve with the Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims at the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCDI) based at the Vatican.

    The statement also quoted Badejo to have said that the appointment of Ogundipe as a consultor to the Commission for Relations   with Muslims was for a period of five years.

     

    “As you know, the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonuson the Roman Curia (1988) makes provision for this Commission within the ambit of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue,’’ he said.

     

    The statement quoted the letter as saying:  “The Commission meets once a year and the agenda provides for communications from individual Consultors on the situation of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations in their respective countries.

     

    “The principal purpose of the Commission is to provide time for reflection on the church’s relations with Muslims.”

     

    Badejo also congratulated Ogundipe for the commitment and initiative with which he had served Oyo Diocese, especially, in the field of interreligious relations.

     

    He urged Ogundipe  to do more to justify the confidence which  Pope Francis had reposed in him that led to appointing  him to the exalted position.

     

    The statement also said that other priests from the diocese who were present when the bishop announced the appointment rejoiced with Fr. Ogundipe.

    They prayed that God would grant him wisdom and humility to give a good account of himself in the new position.

     

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that Ogundipe had his priestly formation at St. Peter’s Spiritual year Seminary in Eruku, Kwara and at the Seminary of All Saints, Ekpoma in Edo.

     

    He was ordained a priest in 2007 by Bishop Emeritus Julius Babatunde Adelakun of Oyo Diocese) and has worked in several parishes in the diocese.

     

    The statement said that Ogundipe is currently the Chaplain of St. Thomas Moore Catholic Chaplaincy, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso.

     

    The statement added that Ogundipe, would continue to serve as the Director of the Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Dialogue Commission for the Diocese of Oyo.


    Edited By: Peter Dada
    (NAN)

  •  The director of the Holy See Press Office Matteo Bruni reported on Friday that the first case of coronavirus infection has been reported in the Vatican City He noted that the patient was discovered on Thursday and that emergency services are sanitising the area Italian health authorities have been notified about the case There is currently no information about the identity of the infected person The news comes following concern about Pope Francis health as the head of the Catholic Church was seen coughing and blowing his nose during the Ash Wednesday Mass However a coronavirus test proved negative and medics noted that the Pope was just suffering from a mild indisposition The Vatican is not the first holy site to be affected by the coronavirus this week Saudi authorities previously suspended pilgrimages to Mecca due to health concerns while Israel shut down travel to and from Bethlehem The infection which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province has since spread to over 70 countries In total more than 98 000 people have been infected worldwide with the death toll reaching 3 400 The disease was confirmed in the city state amid the virus spreading across Italy which is the main centre of the infection in Europe According to recent data the death toll in the country has climbed to 148 people with the total number of infected exceeding 3 800 Edited By Hadiza Mohammed Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    First case of coronavirus reported in Vatican
     The director of the Holy See Press Office Matteo Bruni reported on Friday that the first case of coronavirus infection has been reported in the Vatican City He noted that the patient was discovered on Thursday and that emergency services are sanitising the area Italian health authorities have been notified about the case There is currently no information about the identity of the infected person The news comes following concern about Pope Francis health as the head of the Catholic Church was seen coughing and blowing his nose during the Ash Wednesday Mass However a coronavirus test proved negative and medics noted that the Pope was just suffering from a mild indisposition The Vatican is not the first holy site to be affected by the coronavirus this week Saudi authorities previously suspended pilgrimages to Mecca due to health concerns while Israel shut down travel to and from Bethlehem The infection which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province has since spread to over 70 countries In total more than 98 000 people have been infected worldwide with the death toll reaching 3 400 The disease was confirmed in the city state amid the virus spreading across Italy which is the main centre of the infection in Europe According to recent data the death toll in the country has climbed to 148 people with the total number of infected exceeding 3 800 Edited By Hadiza Mohammed Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    First case of coronavirus reported in Vatican
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    First case of coronavirus reported in Vatican

    The director of the Holy See Press Office Matteo Bruni reported on Friday that the first case of coronavirus infection has been reported in the Vatican City.

    He noted that the patient was discovered on Thursday and that emergency services are sanitising the area.

    Italian health authorities have been notified about the case. There is currently no information about the identity of the infected person.

    The news comes following concern about Pope Francis’ health, as the head of the Catholic Church was seen coughing and blowing his nose during the Ash Wednesday Mass.

    However, a coronavirus test proved negative, and medics noted that the Pope was just suffering from a mild indisposition.

    The Vatican is not the first holy site to be affected by the coronavirus this week.

    Saudi authorities previously suspended pilgrimages to Mecca due to health concerns, while Israel shut down travel to and from Bethlehem.

    The infection, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province, has since spread to over 70 countries.

    In total, more than 98,000 people have been infected worldwide, with the death toll reaching 3,400.

    The disease was confirmed in the city-state amid the virus spreading across Italy, which is the main centre of the infection in Europe.

    According to recent data, the death toll in the country has climbed to 148 people, with the total number of infected exceeding 3,800.


    Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed/Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

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