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Obiano commends Ekwulobia Catholic Diocese

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… Charges new bishop, priests on more work

ANAMBRA State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has urged clerics to do more work for members of the clergy.

  The governor made the call while welcoming Bishop Ebere Okapaleke during his installation ceremony as Catholic Bishop of Ekwulobia Diocese in Ekwulobia, Aguata, Anambra State.

  The event took place at St Joseph’ Catholic Cathedral, Ekwulobia.

  Speaking during the ceremony, Gov. Obiano reminded the new bishop that there was much work ahead. He therefore urged the prelate to lead the flock with the fear of God.

  Gov. Obiano also used the occasion to advise clerical people and the lay faithful to walk strongly in faith by obeying the bishop and imbibing team spirit. This, the governor said, is the only way to achieve any meaningful progress in the new diocese.

  Earlier in a message after the installation, Bishop Okpaleke commended Gov. Obiano for his efforts to build the people along social and religious development.

  Speaking further, Bishop Okpaleke advised the people and Catholic faithfuls in Ekwulobia Diocese not to see the diocese as reverend father’s church. He urged them to see it as God’s house and a place for all as well as where everyone is important and taken seriously.

  The installation took place  amid tight security and observance of all COVID-19 precautionary measures particularly relating to the crowd not exceeding 50 people.

Only representatives of government functionaries, institutions, communities, religious, statutory bodies and societies were allowed into the installation Holy Mass.

Worshipers also maintained social distancing with their face masks fully kitted and washed their hands with sanitisers before entering the church.

  Dignitaries at the ceremony include the Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha Province, Most Rev. Valerian Okeke and the Anglican Bishop of Aguata Diocese, Rt. Rev Samuel Ezeofor among others.

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