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  • Pope’s ultimatum in Nigeria has roots in 2014 letters

    Pope’s ultimatum in Nigeria has roots in 2014 letters

    Pope Francis’s recent demand for all the priests of a Nigerian diocese to write him pledging loyalty, including accepting the bishop he’s confirmed, may seem to come out of left field, but in fact it builds on a similar request made by the Vatican in 2014 and rejected at the time by the dissident priests.

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  • As clock ticks on pope’s ultimatum, Nigeria diocese is in tumult

    As clock ticks on pope’s ultimatum, Nigeria diocese is in tumult

    Following a dramatic show of papal authority in Nigeria, with Pope Francis demanding that all the priests of a diocese write him a letter pledging their loyalty and promising to accept the bishop the pope has appointed, the matter seems far from resolved. Some priests seem willing to go along, while others are submitting a half-apology, and others are even calling for the pope’s resignation.

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  • Online campaign tries to raise doubts about Pope’s Nigeria edict

    Online campaign tries to raise doubts about Pope’s Nigeria edict

    After Pope Francis issued a dramatic demand for submission from priests in the Nigerian diocese of Ahiara, insisting they all write to pledge loyalty and to indicate a willingness to accept a bishop appointed in 2012 who’s never been able to take control, an online campaign is attempting to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the pope’s edict.

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