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CATHOLIC Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, expressed confidence that the newly appointed Catholic Bishop of Nnewi Diocese, Most Rev Jonas Benson Okoye will succeed in his new assignment, noting that he (Bishop Okoye) has all it takes to lead the priests, religious and laity of the Catholic Diocese of Nnewi.

 Bishop Ezeokafor, who stated this at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, Awka, while congratulating the new bishop described his appointment as a question of change of office, stating that Okoye has the experience and the technical know-how to make his mark. 

 ‘Well, in the first place, I thank God for him in his new assignment. It is a question of change of office now. He has been having that experience at that level in the Church but with the new assignment as a bishop of Nnewi, something more is needed. Thanks to God he has many years of experience which will bear on him and help him to really manage the people of God and pastor them,’ he said. 

Bishop Ezeokafor said that with Bishop Okoye’s exposure, academic qualifications and background, he would adapt easily without much difficulty, noting that those of them around him would give their best to make sure he succeeds, adding that they were neighbours (Awka and Nnewi Dioceses) and  that the fact that he was over there would not in any way affect their relationship. 

He called on the religious and the laity to support the new bishop on his year of service, assuring that they would continue to pray for him to succeed. 

  Bishop Jonas Benson Okoye, before his appointment, was the Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Awka.

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