Catholic Bishops Re-Consecrate Nigeria To The Immaculate Heart of Mary

Catholic Bishops Re-Consecrate Nigeria To The Immaculate Heart of Mary

Remarks by Most Rev. Ignatius A. Kaigama, Archbishop of Jos and President, Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, Benin City, 13th October, 2017.

 

I thank God that another  day of national spiritual celebration has  brought us the Catholic laity, religious,  clergy and church hierarchy in Nigeria together to pray.

 

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria envisioned this national day of prayer dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary as our own way of marking the culmination of the centenary of her apparitions to the three shepherd children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. Our celebration began with the declaration of a year-long  period of Marian prayers and devotions, culminating  with the re-consecration of Nigeria here in Benin City on this 13th day of October, as a follow up to the consecration done in 1954. This in line with  declaration by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, of a Jubilee Year in honour of the Centenary of the Marian apparitions in Fatima beginning from the 27th of November 2016 till the 26th of November 2017.

 

I am happy to see and welcome you Nigerian Catholics who have braved the odds to come to Benin City,  not minding the economic recession that has diminished our financial capacity; the long, rough and bad roads and even the inconvenience of coming to spend two to three  days on this pilgrimage ground without the luxury of food or accommodation.

 

Coming together in such numbers to celebrate our Mother, the  Blessed Virgin Mary, is a testimony that the Marian year has borne positive fruits  in parishes across the country. I wish to thank you all as you come from all parts of the country: from the Creek areas of the Delta to the mountains of Mambila Plateau; from the far Northern  cities  bothering the Sahara to the city of Lagos and others lying  on the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean. This demonstrates that we are one big  family of God in Nigeria on mission. On behalf of the over 70

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