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Sunday, December 11, 2016
Irish primate to ordain ten new priests in Nigeria
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¬†The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, Dr SeŠn Brady, travels to Nigeria today following an invitation from the Missionary Society of St Paul to ordain ten of its members at a ceremony tomorrow at Gwagwalada, outside Abuja, capital of Nigeria. The invitation was extended to Archbishop Brady by the Superior General of the Missionary Society of St Paul, Fr Hyacinth Egbebo, who recently visited Ireland. During his visit to Nigeria, Archbishop Brady will also meet with the Irish Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Mr Liam Canniffe, Most Rev John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja, and His Excellency, Most Rev Renzo Fratini, Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria. Speaking before his departure to Nigeria, Archbishop Brady said: "While Ireland has had a traditional missionary presence in Nigeria, in recent years the links between the two countries have grown closer. Since 2000 several thousand Nigerians have made their home in Ireland, making a valuable contribution to the Irish Church, society and economy. Both Ireland and Nigeria have much in common, including a strong commitment to family values, and we look forward to a greater sharing of each country's talents and gifts now and in the future." The Missionary Society of St Paul was founded in Nigeria over 30 years ago following an appeal from Pope Paul VI to the Nigerian Bishops. The Archdiocese of Armagh has links with the Missionaries of St Paul dating back to the late 1990's. Since then several priests in succession from the Missionary have assisted in the parish of Ardee, Co Louth, while studying in Dublin. Other members of the Society have worked on a short-term basis, in various parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Armagh. Source: Irish Catholic Media Office
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