Orlu, 19 May, 2022 / 9:20 pm (ACI Africa).
The Bishop of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Orlu has, in an “extraordinary appeal”, directed members of the Clergy, women and men Religious, and the Laity in his Episcopal See to pray and fast for the restoration of peace and respect of human life in the West African nation.
In a statement obtained by ACI Africa Wednesday, May 18, Bishop Augustine Tochukwu Ukwuoma invites the people of God under his Pastoral care to join in the “spiritual exercise” schedule to begin on Monday, May 23.
“In continuation of our collective sacrifice for the restoration of peace and respect for human life as sacred in our land especially in the area within the jurisdiction of the Catholic Diocese of Orlu, passionately make the following declarations in accordance with biblical precedence,” Bishop Ukwuoma says in his April 19 statement.
He directs, “All priests and religious serving in the diocese of Orlu, are to fast from food, alcohol, and any kind of beverages from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily beginning from Monday May 23rd, 2022, to Tuesday May 31st, 2022, the conclusion of May devotion 2022.”
“All priests incardinated into the Diocese of Orlu who are studying or on fidei donum outside the diocese are bound to be part of this spiritual exercise,” the Nigerian Catholic Bishop adds.