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  • After dramatic papal threat, Nigerian diocese remains badly split

    After dramatic papal threat, Nigerian diocese remains badly split

    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.

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

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

    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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  • Nigerian bishops urge clergy, laity to accept bishop’s appointment

    Nigerian bishops urge clergy, laity to accept bishop’s appointment

    Father Kingsley Anyanwu, editor of The Guide, the Ahiara diocesan newspaper, says he “cannot say that everybody, that is including the priests, religious and laity, have heeded the appeal from the provincial bishops to accept Bishop Okpaleke as their bishop and prepare for his installation.” Pope Francis has ordered the priests to accept their bishop, or face suspension from office.

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  • Deadline nears for pope’s ultimatum for Nigeria diocese

    Deadline nears for pope’s ultimatum for Nigeria diocese

    There are conflicting reports on how many priests in the Nigerian diocese of Ahiara will comply with the demand by Pope Francis to submit a letter of obedience by Sunday. Many of the priests who are sending letters still insist the clergy of the diocese suffer discrimination by the Church in the country.

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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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