President of the Awgu Christian Youths Association Women Wing, Jos, Maureen Anikeme, has made a passionate appeal to the Pope Francis to investigate the suspension of more than ten Parish Priests by the Bishop of Awgu Catholic Diocese, Rev. Fr. Ifeanyichukwu Okoye, for several years now.
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The youths also want Pope Francis and leaders of Catholic Church in Nigeria to set up a board of inquiry into the causes of crisis and lack of peace at the Awgu Catholic Diocese since its creation.
According to her “a situation where the Bishop and some Parish Priests are in court does not paint a good image for the Catholic Church, every effort should be made without delay to bring peace to the diocese”.
The Parish Priests, thrown out of their parishes for alleged offences are said to be going about begging for food, shelter while those sick have no money to go to hospital, a sad situation that led to the unfortunate death of one of them, Rev. Fr. Kenneth Ukoh.
As part of an aggressive attempt to guarantee better welfare for catholic priests and workers, as well as ensure peace and harmony in the church, Pope Francis recently appointed the distinguished Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Mathew Hassan Kukah, member of the Decastery on Integral Human Development.