Catholic Church’s 2025 Year “opportune moment to deepen our relationship with God”: Bishop of Uromi Diocese, Nigeria

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The Year of Prayer in preparation for the Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year provides an opportunity for the people of God in Nigeria “to deepen” their relationship with God, the Local Ordinary of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Uromi has said.

Pope Francis announced the start of a Year of Prayer in preparation for the Catholic Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year on January 21, the second in his Pontificate after the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy in 2015.

In a statement issued Saturday, April 20, Bishop Donatus Aihmiosion Ogun says he’s to launch the Year of Prayer in preparation for the 2025 Jubilee Year on July 6 in his Episcopal See, a spiritual initiative that he says will run till November 30.

“We are to see this as an opportune moment to deepen our relationship with God through prayer, which in turn will result in the needed renewal that will assist us in appreciating the spiritual significance of the coming Jubilee,” Bishop Ogun says.

He calls upon the people of God under his pastoral care to “apply your usual commitment to this year of prayer in our personal lives, families, communities and parishes.”


The Nigerian member of the Order of Saint Augustine (OSA) goes on to describe prayer as  “the breath of faith” and adds, “It is its most proper expression, like a silent cry that comes forth from the heart of those who believe and entrust themselves to God.”

“Pastors of Churches encourage the faithful to make prayer a priority,” he appeals.

“We are to pray for Priests and Consecrated Persons; for the Diocese of Uromi; for our country Nigeria and for peace in the World,” Bishop Ogun says.

Participants in the spiritual initiative, he says, “are also to organize study of selected Documents of the Second Vatican Council, especially Sacrosanctum Concilium (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy), Lumen Gentium (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church), Dei Verbum (Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation) and Gaudium et Spes (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World), and incorporate this study into the activities for the Year of Prayer, following the approved calendar of activities.”

Bishop Ogun implores, “As we prepare for the inauguration of the Year of Prayer, we entrust you all to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church.”

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Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.