Ekwulobia, 10 June, 2022 / 9:25 pm (ACI Africa).
Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke, one of the two Cardinals-designate from Africa, has described his being named candidate to receive a red from Pope Francis in August as an opportunity to “continue to do my best for the salvation of souls”.
The Bishop of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia (CADEK) is expected to become Cardinal alongside Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr of Ghana’s Wa Diocese and 19 other Catholic Church leaders from across the globe during the August 27 Consistory.
“I see this as an opportunity that the Lord, and the Church, through the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has offered me to continue to do my best for the salvation of souls,” the Nigerian Catholic Bishop says in a video recording circulated Wednesday, June 8.
Bishop Okpaleke who says he feels “humbled” following his May 29 naming as Cardinal adds that the decision by Pope Francis is “a clarion call to intensify one’s efforts, to do better.”
“The Pope made this decision when I have served here for less than three years. Such an opportunity has come to serve the Church, CADEK, and to make my humble contribution to the Universal Church. I feel humbled,” says the Cardinal-designate.