- Pope Francis has appointed Nigerian Bishop Denis Isizoh as a member of the PCID
- The development was revealed by Most Reverend Paulinus Ezeokafor on Wednesday, July 15
- The appointment was described as a good decision by the pope and for Nigerian Catholics
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According to Paradise News, Pope Francis has appointed Most Reverend Denis Isizoh who is the auxiliary bishop of Onitsha Archdiocese as one of the members of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue (PCID).
The same media reports that the appointment was made known by the Catholic bishop of Awka Diocese, Paulinus Ezeokafor in a message of congratulation on Wednesday, July 15.
A good development
In the message, he described the appointment as a good one and a development which will bring a lot of goodwill to the Nigerian Catholics.
He said that the appointment bodes well and he is very confident in the ability of the appointee to succeed.
“I want to thank Pope Francis for the appointment. The Supreme Pontiff took a very wise decision. We all will benefit from Bishop Isizoh’s elevation. We are here to support him. We owe him our prayers,” his press statement partly read.
How PCID started
It should be noted that PCID was created by Pope Paul VI on Sunday, May 19, 1964, as the secretariat for non-Christians. It was renamed on June 28, 1988.
The president of the council is Cardinal Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot who has been in the position since 2019.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Pope Francis on Friday, May 15, said that the deadly coronavirus should make all of us look after those who are vulnerable among us, especially the sick and displaced.
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The public appeal is part of the message intended for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees which the Catholic Church celebrates every September 27.
“In 2020, silence has reigned for weeks in our streets. A dramatic and troubling silence, but one that has given us the opportunity to listen to the plea of the vulnerable, the displaced and our seriously ill planet.
“We have to learn to share in order to grow together, leaving no one behind. The pandemic has reminded us how we are all in the same boat,” he said.
He also spoke on the need to give oneself to international cooperation, global solidarity, and local commitment.
In other news, the Pope Francis Hospital Ship joined the fight against coronavirus as the world continues to battle with the deadly disease.
A member of the ship's coordination team, Brother Joel Sousa, said: "This ship has already worked bringing healing and hope to river populations."
The ship has been sailing the Amazon River for a year, delivering medical aid and assistance to some 700,000 members of coastal populations - many of them indigenous communities - in Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest.
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