Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - On March 5, 2020, the Holy Father has erected the new diocese of Ekwulobia, in Nigeria, with territory taken from the diocese of Awka, making it a suffragan of the Metropolitan see of Onitsha.
The Pope has appointed Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke, emeritus of the diocese of Ahiara, Nigeria, as the first bishop of the newly-erected diocese of Ekwulobia.
The see of the newly-erected diocese of Ekwulobia, Ekvulobian(us) is located in the state of Anambra, south-east Nigeria, with Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church as its cathedral. The new ecclesiastical circumscription is constituted of territory taken from the diocese of Awka and is a suffragan of the metropolitan see of the archdiocese of Onitsha. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 6/3/2020)