Recent creation of Nigerian bishop as cardinal hailed as ‘elevating local church’

In his message of goodwill during the Eucharistic celebration on September 8, the President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Nigeria (CBCN), Archbishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorjipraised the “newest and youngest Nigerian cardinal” and commended him for being a witness to the faith “in difficult times.”

Recalling the circumstances that led to the new cardinal scripture his letter of resignation in April 2018, Bishop Ugorji said: “In difficult times, as the storm raged, you fixed your eyes in silent tears on Christ, crucified and risen, and you testified to his long-suffering on the cross by endurance, patience, patience and restraint.”

Bishop Ugorji then assured the new Cardinal of the spiritual solidarity of RCCS members and urged him to “say” no “to reprisals and show a forgiving and patient attitude.” He added: “Without a doubt, your elevation to the rank of cardinal is a moral lesson.”

In a video recording Aired Wednesday, June 8 Next his appointment on May 29 as cardinalthe 59-year-old head of the Nigerian Catholic Church said“I see this as an opportunity that the Lord and the Church, through the Holy Father, Pope Francis, have given me to continue doing my best for the salvation of souls.”

He said Pope Francis’ decision was “a clear call to step up, to do better.”

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“The Pope made this decision when I have been here for less than three years. Such an opportunity has come to serve the Church, Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia, and to make my humble contribution to the universal Church. I feel humbled,” the new Nigerian cardinal said in the video recording released June 8.

Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with great zeal and interest in communication related to the Catholic Church. He holds a BA in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has extensive experience in the media production industry. He is currently working as a journalist for ACI Africa.

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