Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - On June 8, the Holy Father received a Delegation of the Diocese of Ahiara in a private Audience, accompanied by the Archbishop of Abuja and Apostolic Administrator of Ahiara, His Emminence Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Metropolitan Archbishop of Owerri, His Exc. Mgr. Anthony Obinna, Archbishop of Jos and President of the Episcopal Conference of Nigeria, His Exc. Mgr. Ignatius Kaigama, and by the Bishop of Ahiara, His Exc. Mgr. Peter Okpaleke.
Priests: Clement O. Ebii, Jude N. Uwalaka, Uhuegbu Innocent Olekamma, Sister Bernadette O. Ezeyi and S.A. Stanley Pius Iwu, Traditional Chief, were also part of the Delegation.
The Delegation made a pilgrimage ad Limina Apostolorum visiting the Tombs of the Apostles Peter and Paul, as well as the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore for moments of prayer; finally, this morning the Delegation attended the private celebration of the Holy Mass of the Supreme Pontiff.
In previous days the Delegation had meetings with the Cardinal Secretary of State, the Prefect and the Superiors of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples with whom the painful situation of the Church in Ahiara was widely examined.
In Today's Audience, the Holy Father, after careful consideration, spoke of the inadmissibility of the situation in Ahiara and reserved to take the appropriate measures, and entrusts the Diocese of Ahiara to the motherly care of Mary. (Agenzia Fides, 8/6/2017)