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  • Bishops joust over contested choice as shepherd of Nigerian diocese

    Bishops joust over contested choice as shepherd of Nigerian diocese

    • Dec 15, 2017

    One Nigerian bishop has broken ranks, publicly calling on Pope Francis to rethink his decision to back Pope Benedict’s choice as the new bishop of a diocese from outside the dominant group.

  • After dramatic papal threat, Nigerian diocese remains badly split

    After dramatic papal threat, Nigerian diocese remains badly split

    • Sep 16, 2017

    In an extremely complicated dispute in the Nigerian Diocese of Ahaira, even a papal threat to suspend every last priest there doesn’t seem to have stopped the infighting over the controversial appointment of a new bishop five years ago. The two sides remain bitterly divided, accusing one another of being “satanic” and “corrupt,” and right now it’s not even clear the new bishop can set foot in the diocese.

  • Troubled Nigerian diocese urged to ‘put grievances aside,’ accept bishop

    Troubled Nigerian diocese urged to ‘put grievances aside,’ accept bishop

    • Aug 23, 2017

    Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, president of the Nigerian bishops’ conference, is urging priests in his country’s Ahaira diocese to accept a bishop appointed by Benedict XVI and confirmed by Francis, even though he comes from outside the diocese’s majority ethnic and linguistic group. While some priests say they’re ready to comply with whatever the pope decides, that doesn’t mean the underlying grievances are resolved.

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