Owerri, 07 March, 2022 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Archbishop Anthony John Valentine Obinna of the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri in Nigeria and appointed his successor.
In the latest administrative changes published Sunday, March 6 by the Holy See Press Office, the Holy Father appointed Bishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji of Umuahia Diocese as the successor of Archbishop Obinna.
Archbishop-elect Ugorji is expected to succeed 75-year-old Archbishop Obinna who has been at the helm of the Nigerian Archdiocese since his Episcopal Ordination in September 1993.
The Archbishop-elect will continue to temporarily oversee the Episcopal See of Ahiara Diocese as in his capacity as Apostolic Administrator, a role he has had since February 2018 following the crisis that resulted in the resignation of Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke.
Born in January 1952, the Archbishop-elect was ordained a Priest for the Catholic Diocese of Umuahia in April 1977.