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Published On: Thu, Mar 14th, 2013

Nigerian President Jonathan Congratulates Pope Francis

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By Oghenekevwe Laba
On behalf of himself, the Federal Government and all Nigerians, President Goodluck Jonathan congratulates Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina on his historic election yesterday as the first Pope from the Americas and 265th successor to the Chair of St Peter.
State House press release signed by Dr Reuben Abati Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity made available to Urhobotoday Jonathan who described the new Pope as glowing antecedents as a great scholar, teacher, Catholic philosopher and very humane leader welcomed his election as successor to Pope Benedict XVI as a divinely inspired choice by the College of Cardinals and an unequivocal testimony of God’s abiding presence in His Church and the world.

“ The President joins Catholics in Nigeria and other countries of the world in praying for God’s blessings and Divine guidance for Cardinal Bergoglio, now Pope Francis as he assumes the papacy, trusting that he will put his acclaimed qualities and devoutness to the best possible use in resolutely guiding the Church through the many challenges it currently faces,” the state said, adding that President Jonathan and the Federal Government are looking forward to further enhancing the already cordial and excellent relationship between Nigeria and the Vatican under the leadership of Pope Francis, the beloved champion of the underprivileged and renowned crusader for global equity and social justice.
According to the press release, the President is also looking forward to collaborating with Pope Francis and the Holy See in working towards the realization of a much more secure, peaceful and just world order.
Jonathan who wishes the new Pope wishes Pope a blessed and successful tenure, prayed that as he prepares for his formal installation and ascension to the Papacy on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, God Almighty would grant him continued good health, strength, greater knowledge, wisdom, understanding and divine insights he requires to successfully maintain the positive traditions of the Catholic Church and discharge the sacred Petrine Mission entrusted to him,

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