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Bauchi Catholic Diocese Gets New Bishop

From Mohammed Muktar UMAR,  Bauchi:

The Right Rev. Hilary Nanman Dachelem, has been installed as the third Bishop of the Bauchi Catholic Diocese.

President, Conference of Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Ignatius Kaigama, who spoke at ceremony called for unity among Nigerians irrespective of religious, cultural or ethnic differences.

Kaigama, stated this in a speech at the ordination of the new Bishop of the Bauchi Catholic Diocese which held recently  at the Multipurpose Indoor Sports Hall, Bauchi.

He said: “the call for secession by some groups in the country is unhealthy for Nigeria.  We are better together as one United and indivisible nation.”

Kaigama described the new Bishop who speaks several Nigerian languages including Igbo as a bridge builder “and I believe he will use his wealth of experience and position to unite all Nigerians in the Diocese.”

Bishop Dachalem, appointed by Pope Francis on May 31, 2017, was until his appointment  Parish Priest of Saint John Vianney Parish Kwande, Benue State.

In his inaugural speech, the new Bishop,  thanked friends and faithful across the world who came to celebrate with him   and promised to carry members of the Diocese irrespective of ethnic differences.

Besides, promised to carry all members of the Diocese along, and called for unity among Christians irrespective of ethnic or tribal differences.

He succeeded Late Bishop John Goltok, who died in March, 2015.

The  inauguration attracted the presence of Papal Nuncio to Nigeria, Antonio Guildo, former President, Christian Association of Nigeria, Bishop John Cardinal Onaiyekan, and Bishop Mathew Kukah of the Sokoto Diocese.

Other dignitaries included Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, his predecessor, Mr. Fidelis Tapgun, and former Deputy Governor of that state, Mrs. Pauline Tallen.

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