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Enugu Catholic Diocese Condemns Attack On Bishop’s Residence By Mbaka’s Followers

 ….. Calls For Atonement, Reparation

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The  Bishop Calistus Onaga  of Catholic Diocese of Enugu has reacted to  Wednesday’s invasion  of the Bishop’s Court and the Holy Ghost Cathedral Church by the followers of Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka.

Enugu city was on Wednesday thrown into pandemonium  as followers of fiery Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, of the Adoration Ministry Enugu, took to the  streets after they declared him missing.

They marched from the Adoration ground in Emene, Enugu, to the Bishop’s Court at Igboeze Street, Independence Layout Enugu where they damaged some facilities.

After wrecking havoc at the Bishop’s residence, the  protesters  also stormed the Holy Ghost Cathedral where several church facilities were vandalized.

Mbaka, later appeared, addressed his followers and said he would have been kept incommunicado by the Bishop for 30 days but for their protest.

Reacting to the development on Thursday, the Catholic Church authorities  , called for a prayer of “Atonement and Reparation” over what they described as desecration of “the holy altar of sacrifice” by the followers of Mbaka.

In a statement signed by  the  Bishop, His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Callistus Onaga,  the Church called on all Parishes, Chaplaincies and Religious Houses in the Diocese  to embark on the prayer.

The statement reads:

“On 5 May 2021, the followers of Fr. Camillus Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Ministry Enugu, Nigeria violently broke into the Diocesan Cathedral Church and desecrated the holy altar of sacrifice.

“Over and above this, they brutally vandalized the Diocesan Bishop’s residence, the cathedral parish house and the Secretariat building complex

“Therefore, I hereby declare and call for a one week union of prayer in reparation and atonement for this heinous act against our central place of worship and the sanctity of the Church.

“The prayer begins from Friday, 7th May to Friday, 14th May 2021. Every parish, chaplaincy and religious community in the diocese is obliged to participate in this holy activity.

“In addition to the traditional May devotion prayers (like daily benediction), the following prayers are to be offered for this purpose:

(a) 5 decades of the Holy Rosary

(b) Act of Reparation to the Most Blessed Sacrament (attached to this letter) and

(C) Psalms 51 and 23.

“I enjoin you to remain sober and keep the Diocese in prayer. With divine assistance and grace, we shall overcome this challenging moment. May Our Lady, the Queen of May intercede for us, Amen.”

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