Aboard the papal plane, 10 October, 2022 / 9:24 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis has appointed the recently created African Cardinals to two Vatican Dicasteries, one as member to the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life and the other to the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity.
In the latest appointments made public on October 7 by the Holy See Press Office, Pope Francis appointed Peter Ebere Cardinal Okpaleke of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia (CADEK) to the Laity, the Family and Life Dicastery, and Richard Kuuia Cardinal Baawobr of Ghana’s Wa Diocese to the Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity.
The two African Cardinals were among the 21 Pope Francis named on May 29, and among the 20 he created during the August 27 Consistory.
Cardinal Okpaleke, 59, was ordained a Priest of Nigeria’s Awka Diocese in August 1993. He was appointed the Local Ordinary of Ahiara Diocese in Nigeria in December 2012.
However, a section of Clergy and Laity of the Nigerian Diocese rejected his Episcopal appointment. He resigned in 2018 following sustained the opposition to his Episcopal appointment for Ahiara Diocese