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Bishops conference lifts suspension on Knights

His Grace, Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji


By Bridget Ikyado

Abuja, Sept.13, 2022

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has lifted the suspension placed on the activities of the Order of the Knights of St John International (KSJI).

This is contained in a statement issued on Tuesday and jointly signed by the President and Secretary of the Conference, Bishop Lucius Ugorji of Owerri and Bishop Donatus Ogun of Uromi dioceses.

It said that the lifting of the suspension was approved during the ongoing second 2022 plenary of the Catholic Bishops, holding in Orlu, Imo, after the Knights complied with all directives.

“We hereby lift the suspension and beseech you to fully implement the agreements that have facilitated the much desired peace process.”

The KSJI was suspended as a Catholic organisation on Feb. 16, 2022, due to the Knights’ failure to comply with the 10-point directive meant to resolve the lingering crisis in the Order.

“Whilst commending you to the Blessed Virgin Mary Queen of Peace, we earnestly urge you to shun the spirit of division and rancour.

“This will strengthen the bond of love that holds you together as a family and members of the body of Christ,” the statement added.

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