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Nigeria creates new missionary dioceses


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TEN NEW BISHOPS were consecrated in the Anglican Church of Nigeria on Sunday, in a ceremony that marked the creation of nine new missionary dioceses.

The new bishops were consecrated in Abuja Cathedral, at a service attended by more than 3000 people. The Primate of All Nigeria, the Most Revd Peter Akinola, presided. The previous day, he had also presided at the inauguration of the first of the missionary dioceses, Kubwa, which is carved out of the diocese of Abuja, of which Archbishop Akinola is bishop.

All the new dioceses will have been inaugurated by tomorrow. When Archbishop Akinola became Primate in 2000, there were 76 dioceses and 76 bishops; there are now 91 bishops, in three provinces.

The new dioceses have been planted in areas that are considered to be "hostile and insecure for evangelism", reported Peter Onwubuariri from Abuja for the Anglican Communion News Service. He said: "The present Primate, at a recent public meeting, hinted that the possibility of the dioceses swelling to 100 before he retires cannot be ruled out.

"Whatever the motive, most Nigerians have welcomed the development as favourable to taking the gospel to the unreached."

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