Pope appoints Alfred Adewale Martins Archbishop of Lagos

Benedict XVI, the head of the Catholic Church, has appointed Alfred Adewale Martins as the new Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, a statement from the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) said on Friday.

The statement issued in Abuja by the Director of Communication at the secretariat, Ralph Madu, a reverend father, said the appointment was made on Friday, May 25.

“Martins replaces His Eminence, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, who retired having attained the Canonical age of 75,” the statement said.

Until his appointment, Mr. Martins was the Bishop of Abeokuta Diocese.

Born on June 1, 1959, he was ordained priest on September 18, 1983 and has held several positions of authority in the church.

He was appointed the Bishop of Abeokuta Diocese on October 24, 1997 by late Pope John Paul II and consecrated on Jan 24, 1998 as Bishop of the diocese.

The statement said that the date for the installation of the Archbishop-elect would be announced by the authorities in the Lagos Archdiocese.

“At the same time the Pope appointed His Eminence Anthony Cardinal Okogie as the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Lagos until the installation of the newly appointed Archbishop,” the statement said.

Born on June 16, 1936, Mr. Okogie was ordained as a priest in the Roman Catholic Church on December 11, 1966

In 1971, he was ordained titular Bishop of Mascula and Auxiliary Bishop of Oyo, and in 1973 named Archbishop of Lagos.

As Archbishop, Mr. Okogie was the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, and from 1994 to 2000 and headed the Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria.

He was proclaimed Cardinal by Pope John Paul II on Oct. 21, 2003.


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