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The St. Teresa’s Cathedral in the Nsukka Diocese, Nigeria has been dedicated after 29 years of construction. In his homily during the dedication ceremony, the Most Reverend Godfrey Onah, Bishop of Nsukka Diocese expressed delight that the Cathedral project has finally become a reality.

He thanked the Almighty God for his mercy and love and also expressed gratitude to his predecessor the Bishop Emeritus of Nsukka Diocese, Most Rev. Francis Okobo under whose tenure the construction of the Cathedral begun in 1991 for his “vision and steadfastness”.

In their goodwill messages, the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Nigeria congratulated Bishop Onah, his predecessor, the priests, religious and the faithful of the Nsukka Diocese on the remarkable dedication of the Cathedral, stressing that their “strong faith and sacrifices saw to the realization of the magnificent edifice.”

On his part, the Apostolic Nuncio in Nigeria, Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi reminded those in attendance that the Cathedral would remain a “beautiful house of prayer only if we continue to live in faith and prayer.”


“In some countries, there are no more Cathedrals to build because there are no more faithful, no more Priests, no more faith,” the representative of the Holy Father in the West African nation said and observed, “This is a lesson for Nigeria to avoid in the future.”


The Catholic Diocese of Nsukka was established in November 1990 with the Most Reverend Francis Okobo as the first bishop.

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