Speeches & Addresses

  • Bishop Onah's 2016 Christmas Message
    Christmas message of Most Rev. Prof. Godfrey Igwebuike Onah (Catholic Bishop of Nsukka) Delivered at the end of Nsukka Diocesan Christmas Carol of Nine Lessons at St. Theresa's Cathedral Nsukka on Sunday 18th December, 2016
    Joy to the world is the song we just sang now and that forms the title of the ...

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  • Catholic Diocese of Nsukka marks official closing of jubilee year of mercy
    By Victor Ishiwu

    The Bishop, priests, Rev. Sisters and the entire members of the Catholic community of the Catholic Diocese of Nsukka on Sunday, 13th November, 2016 joined the rest of the Catholic Communities around the world in a ceremony marking the official closing of the door of mercy.

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  • "God loves you" - Bishop Onah tells excited young people
    By Eva Chuma Nnamene and Alphonsus N. Ogili

    As an expression of his love for young people, and knowing that they form a great percentage of his flock, the Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Most Rev. Godfrey Igwebuike Onah invited all the young people of his diocese to St Theresa's Cathedral Nsukka on 12th November 2016 to share the Holy Eucharist with them; and to keep the 2016 Nsukka Diocesan Catholic Youth Day.

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  • Bishop Onah inaugurates academic year for diocesan schools
    By Alphonsus N. Ogili

    The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese, Most Rev. Godfrey Igwebuike Onah, on 30th October, 2016 at the St. Theresa's cathedral, Nsukka celebrated a Holy Mass specially meant for the Inauguration ceremony of all the Catholic schools in the diocese for 2016/2017 academic session.

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  • «Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch» (Lk 5: 4)
    My dear Brothers in the Priesthood,
    Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

    At the beginning of my ministry as the Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, I reopened the discussion on the more convenient period of the year to do the annual postings of the major Church personnel in the Diocese. We soon found out that each of ...

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  • Bishops' Joint Press Statement

    THAT THERE MAY BE PEACE

    (A Joint Press Statement by the Catholic Bishops of the Three Dioceses in Enugu State following an Inter-Diocesan Prayer Procession for Greater Security in the Sate, in the Wake of Repeated Attacks by Herdsmen in Various Parts of the State)

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  • Life must go on. God is there and we hope. The Government too

    A Brief Homily at the Funeral Mass for the Victims of the Nimbo Massacre
    Celebrated on Friday 17 June 2016
    By
    Bishop Godfrey Igwebuike Onah
    (Catholic Bishop of Nsukka)

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  • Stop This Madness!
    A Press Statement following the Massacre of Innocent Citizens in Nimbo, by Suspected Fulani Herdsmen. "A voice is heard in Ramah, lamenting and weeping bitterly: it is Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted for her children, because they are no more." (Jer 31:15). This passage from the Prophet Jeremiah captures the present mood in Nsukka and, especially, in the hitherto quiet and peaceful farming community of Nimbo in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area.

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  • Be merciful, just as your heavenly Father is merciful (Lk 6: 36)
    My dear Brothers in the Priesthood,
    Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
    In this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Divine Mercy, we in Nsukka Diocese are blessed to be celebrating three other important Jubilees: the Silver Jubilee of the erection of our Diocese, the Silver Jubilee of the Episcopal ordination of Bishop Francis ...

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  • Not crying out, not shouting not making his voice heard in the streets
    Godfrey Igwbuike Onah
    Bishop of Nsukka

    (Sixth Bishop Michael Eneja Annual Memorial Lecture, Nsukka, 31 October 2015)

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  • Bishop Onah's Jubilee Message
    «Unless the Lord builds a house, they labour in vain who build it» (Ps 127: 1) On 19 November 1990, Pope St John Paul II erected the new Diocese of Nsukka, carving it out from the Diocese of Enugu, and appointed Msgr. Francis Emmanuel Ogbonna Okobo its Bishop. On 6 January 1991 Msgr. Francis Okobo was ordained Bishop by the same Pope in St. Peter's Basilica Rome and on 2 February 1991 he was ...

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  • Let us make a difference says Bishop Onah
    By Eva Chuma Nnamene
    NSUKKA: The cream of Nsukka people from all walks of life in Enugu State, Nigeria, gathered on Sunday the 15th November 2015 to give honour to whom it was due. Thus, the University town of Nsukka stood still for the reception of an illustrious son, the incumbent Governor of Enugu State, His Excellency, Right Honourable ...

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  • A Keynote address by the Episcopal Chairman for Social Communications
    A Keynote address by the Episcopal Chairman for Social Communications, Most Rev. Godfrey Onah; at the Second 2015 Plenary Meeting of the Association of Diocesan/Religious Directors of Social Communications holding at the Pastoral Centre, Ikot-Ekpene Diocese, Akwa Ibom State; October 12th - 14th; 2015.

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  • Nsukka Diocesan Political Forum, Towards 2015: Allow the People to Have some Say
    Democracy as a form of government, understood generally as "government by the people," is now the in-thing, even when there is no agreement about how exactly the people can or should govern themselves. One of the ways in which the people are supposed to govern themselves is by at least choosing those who govern them. But what chances do people really have of choosing those who govern them?

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  • We Want To See Jesus (2014 Lenten Pastoral Letter)
    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Exactly eight months ago, on 4 July 2013, I was ordained your bishop. On that unforgettable day, as I walked into the premises of our Cathedral, I felt the warm, loving and joyous embrace of all of you in the immense crowds of people that ...

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  • The Bishop's Christmas Message 2014
    My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We are once again in the holy and happy Season of Christmas. During this Season, there is a remarkable increase in many activities: religious, economic, social, political ... and, sometimes, unfortunately, also criminal. It is a Season that rouses in many people throughout the world strong nostalgic feelings - about their infancies, about departed loved ones, about home (for those living far away from home), or simply about the 'good old days'!

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  • Expression of gratitude by Bishop Godfrey Igwebuike Onah
    For the benefit of those who may not be familiar with the Nsukka dialect of Igbo, the opening folk song tells the story of a person who was once visited by a mysterious being, so beautiful that he looked like a god. The being asked this person for a drink of water and he was told that there was no water for him, not even a drop or the dregs.

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  • Nsukka Diocesan Political Forum, Towards 2015: Allow the People to Have some Say
    Democracy as a form of government, understood generally as "government by the people," is now the in-thing, even when there is no agreement about how exactly the people can or should govern themselves. One of the ways in which the people are supposed to govern themselves is by at least choosing those who govern them. But what chances do people really have of choosing those who govern them?

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  • The Bishop's Christmas Message 2014
    My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We are once again in the holy and happy Season of Christmas. During this Season, there is a remarkable increase in many activities: religious, economic, social, political ... and, sometimes, unfortunately, also criminal. It is a Season that rouses in many people throughout the world strong nostalgic feelings - about their infancies, about departed loved ones, about home (for those living far away from home), or simply about the 'good old days'!

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