He challenged Nigerians to contribute to progress in their respective communities following the example of the Centurion, saying, “Let us be dedicated to contributing to the development and unity of our social and church community.”
The 58-year-old Nigerian bishop who has led the diocese since his episcopal ordination in June 2014 lamented that “division, faction and discrimination still exist in the Church, society and families today. “.
“Our selflessness in serving others with our privileged positions is an indication of our faith in God, that He who healed the servants of the Centurion will bless us more,” Bishop Odetoyinbo said September 12.
By giving to others and to the community, the Nigerian Catholic Bishop continued, “we express our belief that it is the Lord who exalts, bestows, blesses and has placed us in our privileged positions in the Church, society and families”.
He said that God’s gifts such as “talents, treasure, life, high societal and ecclesial positions, are all gifts that we can use for others.”
“Like the Centurion, our Christian vocation is to break down all the barriers that separate people; preach, pray and work for unity. Let us seek and strengthen unity in our church community,” the Nigerian Bishop explained in his homily during the RCCS 2022 Second Plenary Assembly which began on September 9.
In his opening address at the official opening of the RCCS Plenary Assembly on September 11 with Mass, RCCS President Archbishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorjispoke of the insecurity in Africa’s most populous nation, saying, “We are going through what could be considered the darkest chapter in our history as a nation.”
Bishop Ugorji highlighted other challenges facing Nigeria. He said: “Extreme poverty, skyrocketing unemployment, skyrocketing inflation, collapsing economy with ever-increasing debt burden and worsening insecurity have combined to complicate the plight of the average Nigerian, who seems doomed to a life of intolerable hardship and undeserved misery.
The Local Ordinary of the Archdiocese of Owerri in Nigeria has pleaded for “good governance that aims for the common good” as “the best way to guarantee security” in the West African country.
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