Catholic Bishop in Nigeria Directs “a more vigorous May devotion” to Mary for Peace

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Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo of Nigeria’s Oyo Diocese has directed the people of God under his pastoral care to “a more vigorous May devotion to the mother of Jesus” for an end to violent conflicts globally and in the West African nation.

In his letter issued on the feast of Our Lady, Mother of Africa Saturday, April 30, Bishop Badejo directs that all Priests, women and men Religious, Catechists, and Lay Leaders “invite all the faithful in the Catholic Diocese of Oyo to a more vigorous May devotion to the mother of Jesus”, beginning May 1.

“I call you all to focus your devotions with them on the rosary as an effective weapon against conflict, war, insurgency, bloodshed, injustice and corruption in the world and particularly in Nigeria, Ukraine and Russia,” the Nigerian Catholic Bishop says in his letter shared with ACI Africa.

The Local Ordinary of Oyo Diocese who doubles as the President of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) also calls for prayers for world leaders saying, “Please pray for leaders at all levels to repent and end their insincerity and insensitivity to the suffering of the masses.”

“Remind our people that the Rosary has been used by the Church all through human history as a weapon for peace,” the 60-year-old Nigerian Bishop further says, and adds in reference to the practice of praying the Holy Rosary, “We have been doing this too, but let us do so more at this time. “


“As you work to transform the world around you, please pray the rosary more, especially in your family community, groups, church societies and parishes for these purposes,” the Catholic Bishop who is serving as a member of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication since last December says.

He continues, “Ask for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary to act like she did on that day at Cana in Galilee.”

“Like wine, peace, love and joy are clearly running out in our nation and communities and families,” Bishop Badejo says in his April 30 letter shared with ACI Africa.

He asks the people of God under his pastoral care to implore the Blessed Virgin Mary “to intercede for us with her son as she has promised severally to do.” 

“Let us remember her words to: ‘Do whatever he tells you’ (Jn 2:5),” Bishop Badejo says, and implores, “May our supplication be answered. God bless you all. Amen.”

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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.