Pope Francis set to sack Nigerian priests over church crisis

Pope Francis set to sack Nigerian priests over church crisis

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Lose Your Job If You Don’t Obey Me And Your Bishop

Pope Francis has laid down an ultimatum to defiant Nigerian priests in Ahiara Diocese in Imo state: lose your job if you don’t obey me and your bishop, the Associated Press has reported.

Francis met June 8 at the Vatican with a delegation from the Ahiara diocese, where priests have been refusing to accept Peter Ebere Okpaleke, appointed the local bishop in 2012 by the then pontiff, Benedict XVI.

Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, reporting the pope’s unusually harsh order, said Sunday that Francis was acting “for the good of the people of God” by threatening to suspend the priests from the ministry if they didn’t pledge in a letter, by July 9, “total obedience” to Francis and accept Bishop Peter Okpaleke’s appointment.

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