Vatican City (Fides Service) – The Holy Father, Pope John Paul II has, 12 December 2003, elevated the Apostolic Vicariate of Bauchi (Nigeria) to the rank of Diocese making it suffragan of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Jos.
The Holy Father has also appointed, 12 December 2003, first Bishop of Bauchi, (Nigeria) Mgr John Moore SMA, titular Bishop of Gigti and until now Apostolic Vicar of Bauchi.
The new diocese of Bauchi will comprise the territory of the former Apostolic Vicariate. It will have an area of 64,605 sq km, a population of 5,550,000 of whom 68,000 are Catholics gathered in 12 parishes assisted by 23 priests (15 diocesan and fidei donum and 8 Religious); 6 women religious, about 50 full time catechists and 31 major seminarians. The new bishop will have his See at the house in Yandoka Road in the outskirts of Bauchi and St John the Evangelist Church will be the cathedral. (Fides Service 7/1/2004 EM lines 8 Words: 70)