Pope Erects New Diocese in Nigeria, Makes Administrative Changes in Burkinabe Archdiocese

Bishop Prosper Kontiebo (left) appointed Local Ordinary of Ouagadougou Archdiocese in Burkina Faso and Mons. Gerald Mamman Musa (right), appointed Bishop of the erected the Catholic Diocese of Katsina in Nigeria. Credit: Radio Taanba Fada/ Catholic Broadcast Commission,Nigeria

Pope Francis has erected the Catholic Diocese of Katsina in Nigeria and appointed the pioneer Bishop to the new Episcopal See. In the latest administrative changes in Africa, the Holy Father has also accepted the retirement of the Local Ordinary of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, and appointed his successor.

The erection of the Nigerian Diocese, the appointment of Mons. Gerald Mamman Musa as its first Local Ordinary, the acceptance of the retirement of Philippe Nakellentuba Cardinal Ouédraogo from the pastoral care of Ouagadougou Archdiocese, and the appointment of Bishop Prosper Kontiebo as his successor were made public by the Holy See Press Office Monday, October 16.

The new Nigerian Diocese, the 60th Catholic Diocese in the West African nation, has been dismembered from the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto; it becomes the seventh suffragan Diocese in the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Kaduna, alongside Kafanchan, Kano, Kontagora, Minna, Sokoto, and Zaria Dioceses.

Measuring 29,000 square kilometers, Katsina Diocese starts off with a population of 9,669,439 of which 19,000 are Catholics, the Holy See Press Office indicates, adding that St. Martin de Porres Church in Katsina is to serve as the Cathedral Church of the new Episcopal See.

The Nigerian Bishop-elect of Katsina Diocese has been serving as the Director of the Center for Study of African Cultures and Communication (CESACC) of the Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA), Port Harcourt, Nigeria, where he has also been lecturing.


Born in January 1971 in Zamfara State, Mons. Musa attended St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary in Makurdi and St. Augustine’s Major Seminary in Jos. The member of Sokoto Catholic Diocese was ordained a Priest in June 1996.

He holds a Master’s degree in Dogmatic Theology from the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas “Angelicum” in Rome, a Licentiate in social sciences, specializing in communication, from the Rome-based Pontifical Gregorian University, and a Doctorate in communications studies from the School of Journalism and Communication of the University of Queensland in Santa Lucia, Brisbane, Australia.

Mons. Musa has served as Vicar of the administrator of the Holy Family Cathedral of Sokoto Diocese, Diocesan Secretary at the Diocesan Chancery of Sokoto, Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Sokoto State, Exco member of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), and Parish Priest, among other responsibilities.  

Meanwhile, in administrative changes in the West African nation of Burkina Faso, the Holy Father has accepted the retirement of the 78-year-old Cardinal, who has been at the helm of Ouagadougou Archdiocese since May 2009.

He was elevated to Cardinal during the Consistory of 22 February 2014

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Cardinal Ouédraogo was elected President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) during 19-29 July 2019 Plenary Assembly that was held in Kampala under the theme, “That they may know Christ and have life in abundance.”

Ministering in a country that faces serious security challenges especially from Islamists militants who often target places of worship, the Burkinabe Cardinal has been very vocal in condemning these acts of violence against the suffering population. He proposed interreligious dialogue as a vital solution to terrorism in the Sahel region.

Cardinal Ouédraogo is a member of Dicastries for the Evangelization; and for Divine Worship, and the Discipline of the Sacraments; and for interreligious dialogue

He is being succeeded by 51-year-old Bishop Kontiebo, the member of the Order of the Ministers of the Sick (M.I.), popularly known as the Camillians, who started his Episcopal in June 2012 as the Bishop of Tenkodogo Diocese.

Born in September 1960, Bishop Kontiebo was ordained a Camillian Priest in July 1990.


Once he is installed, the Archbishop-elect will serve as the third Local Ordinary of the 9,600 square kilometer Archdiocese with a population of 1,078,700 Catholics according to 2021 statistics. the Archdiocese erected in July 1921.

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.