By Ononye VC
His Holiness, Pope Francis, has appointed Most Revd (Dr.) Lucius Ugorji, as the new Catholic Archbishop of Owerri in Imo State.

Pope Francis, represented by Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi, made the announcement on Sunday in Abuja, at the ongoing first plenary meeting of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) 2022.

Ugorji, until his appointment, was the Bishop of Umuahia and former Apostolic Administrator of the Ahiara diocese.

He will take over from Archbishop Anthony Obinna who has been in that position since March 26, 1994, and who has also retired.

The new Archbishop of Owerri was born on January 13, 1952, and was ordained a priest at the age of 25.

He was also appointed a Bishop by Pope John Paul II when he was 38 years old.

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