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Pope Francis Elevates Bishop Okpaleke, 19 Others To Cardinals


••• Exhorts New Cardinals To Preach The Gospel To All Nations Without Exception

                •Cardinal Peter Okpaleke




The Daily Crucible | Sunday, August 28, 2022

Bishop Peter Eberechukwu Okpaleke has joined the Catholic College of Cardinals, a body which currently consists of 208 cardinals.

The decision making arm of the Catholic Church has 117 electors out of the 208 Cardinals. The electors decide who becomes the next Pope upon the demise, retirement or resignation of a reigning Pope.

The college of cardinals also support the pope in overseeing the affairs of the church.

With the ordination of new cardinals to the college of cardinals, the body has now grown from 208 to 228.

     • Gov. Soludo, Okpaleke & Soludo's wife

Pope Francis elevated Bishop Peter Okpaleke - and 19 other Catholic prelates from around the world, to the rank of cardinals.

At the solemn ordination and swearing in ceremony which took place on Saturday at St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, Rome, the Papacy exhorts that those who are often referred to as princes of the temple of Christ - the Church, should exercise an "unassuming power" and preach the Gospel with an openness to all people "without exception."

• Okpaleke standing before Pope Francis yesterday


Bishop Peter Eberechukwu Okpaleke, a Nigerian, hails from Ekwulobia in Anambra State.

Governor Chukwuma Soludo, his wife and former governor Peter Obi - the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), were in attendance at Okpaleke's ordination ceremony.

Okpaleke was in the news few years back in Nigeria over his resignation as bishop from the Ahiara diocese in Imo state after being rejected on the grounds that he was not an indigene.

Opaleke is the fifth cardinal from Nigeria — others are Dominic Ekandem (now late), John Onaiyekan, Anthony Okogie and Francis Arinze.

Peter Obi in his congratulatory message, said Okpaleke said has remained a blessing to the church and the country.

In a post on Twitter, Obi wrote: “I rejoice with His Eminence, Peter Cardinal Okpaleke as he canonically receives the Red Hat from His Holiness, Pope Francis at a Consistory in Rome today, by which function, he has become a fully fledged Prince of the Universal Church.

“He has remained a blessing to not just the church in Nigeria, but the universal church. His patience, understanding and wide perspectives on issues remain some of his valuable assets that have continued to propel him higher in the priestly vocation.”

Charles Soludo, Anambra governor, who was also present at the ceremony, said it is a special day for his state.

“Those of us from Anambra have come to celebrate with him and welcome him as he receives the red hat,” Soludo said.


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