Ekwulobia, 11 September, 2022 / 10:02 pm (ACI Africa).
The elevation of Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke of Nigeria’s Ekwulobia Diocese to the rank of Cardinal is a promotion of the local Church, the people of God in Nigeria, a Catholic Archbishop in the West African nation has said.
In a report published Friday, September 9, Archbishop Valerian Maduka Okeke is quoted as saying that the choice of the new Nigerian Cardinal is an invitation to “greater commitment to witnessing to the Gospel of Christ” in Africa’s most populous nation.
“Today, we rejoice that Nigeria has been found worthy of honor of another Cardinal in our time,” Archbishop Okeke who was speaking on the occasion of the thanksgiving Mass of Cardinal Okpaleke at St. Joseph Cathedral of Ekwulobia Diocese said.
The Local Ordinary of Nigeria’s Onitsha Archdiocese, the Metropolitan See under which Ekwulobia Diocese belongs further said that “the elevation of one of us is an elevation of the local Church and our country Nigeria.”
“The choice of our brother, Cardinal Okpaleke, invites us to a deeper faith and greater commitment to witnessing to the Gospel of Christ,” he further said, adding, “Position and privileges in the Church go with responsibilities and duties.”