Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET) have, in a collective statement, lamented the “brutality and violence” on the part of government security agencies in the arrest of the opposition leader, Agbéyomé Kodjo and demanded he be set free “immediately.”
Days after the retired Archbishop of Togo’s Lomé Archdiocese, Philippe Fanoko Kpodzro denounced the preliminary results of the presidential election in the country and called for protests, the Bishops in the West African nation have, in a collective statement, denied claims that they have abandoned their “elder brother.”
Following the announcement of the preliminary results of the February 22 presidential elections in the West African nation of Togo declaring the incumbent winner with a landslide, a Togolese Archbishop has called on citizens in Togo to reject the results, terming them a “tasteless joke.”
An African missionary ministering in the West African nation of Togo has disapproved the recent endorsement of the opposition candidate in the country by the Archbishop Emeritus of Lome, Philippe Fanoko Kpodzro and, considering the government’s claims that the Catholic Church is partisan, has described the Togolese Prelate as a “symbol of a politically partisan Church.”
The value of togetherness has been acknowledged as the clergy in the West African country of Togo gathered in a six-day General Assembly to celebrate 50 years since their association, the Fraternity of Diocesan Priest in Togo (FPDT), was established.
As eligible citizens of the West African country of Togo prepare to participate in a poll slated to take place next February to elect their President, the Archbishop Emeritus of Lome, Philippe Kpodzro has launched an operation to solicit funds to aid a single yet-to-be-identified Presidential candidate in view of ensuring a veritable democratic and competitive contest that would see the beneficiary contender “win this type of election.”
In two separate appointments released Saturday, November 23, Pope Francis named Togolese Bishop Nicodème Anani Barrigah-Benissan the new Archbishop of Lomé, Togo and Bishop Ernest Ngboko Ngombe, the new Archbishop of Mbandaka-Bikoro in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).