Dicastery : Pope Francis Appoints Bishop Kukah into Top Vatican Position
The Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, was designated by Pope Francis to be a member of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Human Integral Development.
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According to a statement made on Monday by Christopher Omotosho, Director, Social Relations, Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, the appointment was contained in a letter to Kukah signed by the Prefect of the Dicastery, Peter Cardinal Turkson.
Through this appointment, Bishop Kukah will join other members of the Dicastery from various parts of the world to advise and promote the interests of the Holy Father on issues of justice and peace, human rights, torture, trafficking in human beings, care for life and other issues relating to the promotion of human dignity and development,” the statement read in part.”
It noted that the appointment was for an initial term of five years, while it was subsequently renewable, adding that the Council would be officially inaugurated on a date soon to be made public.
The latest appointment adds to the string of national and global obligations within the universal Church of Kukah.
He was previously named a consultant and later a member of the Vatican City Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, where he worked under the leadership of three popes.
The President of the Dialogue Committees of both the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria is Kukah, whose wealth of experience in the fields of human rights, justice and reconciliation has been commended by many.
The cleric is best known for his non-sentimental stance and frank criticism of the President’s government, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
What is Dicastery?
A dicastery (from Greek: δικαστήριον, romanized: dikastērion, lit. ‘law-court’, from δικαστής, judge/juror) is a department of the Roman Curia, the administration of the Holy See through which the pope directs the Roman Catholic Church.
# Pope Francis Appoints Bishop Kukah into Top Vatican Position
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