Benin City, 29 October, 2019 / 1:40 am (ACI Africa).
Some two decades after Pope St. John Paul II beatified the first Nigerian, Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi making him the first West African to achieve that feat, a second canonization cause is underway in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country where 25 percent of the population is estimated to be Catholic.
“The process of Ogu’s Sainthood is already in motion,” the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CNBC) Archbishop Augustine Obiora Akubeze has been quoted as saying, referencing the candidate, 14-year-old Vivian Uchechu Ogu.
“Another Catholic saint may emerge from the country (Nigeria) if the Vatican process leading to the beatification and canonization of 14-year-old virgin Vivian Ogu finally sails through,” the Archbishop of Benin City added during a Mass held in memory of Vivian, at the end of National Mission Congress of Nigeria.
Speaking during the Mass held at the Vivian Ogu Missionary Animation Centre in Benin City, the International President of Pontifical Mission Societies, Archbishop Guampetno Dal Toso who represented Pope Francis at the event, eulogized Vivian Ogu saying, “We have here in Nigeria this good example of a young woman who gave her life for the fidelity of her faith.”
“She showed us how we can live our faith without minding the consequences,” Archbishop Dal Toso is quoted as eulogizing Vivian Ogu on behalf of the Holy Father during Mass at the Centre dedicated to her, reported to be “the site (where) the teenager was shot dead.”