Pope Francis appoints Bishop Kukah as Vatican Council member

NEWS DIGEST – Pope Francis has appointed the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, as a member of Dicastery for promoting human rights, justice and development.

The appointment was signed by His Eminence, Peter Cardinal Turkson, the Prefect of the Council, on behalf of the Pope.

The Director Social Communications of Sokoto Diocese, Father Francis Omotosho, in a statement confirmed the appointment.

Omotosho said Kukah’s appointment would bring about developments to the people of God, especially to the Catholics in Nigeria. He added that the appointment is for a period of five years.

“By this appointment, Bishop Kukah will join other members of the dicastery (Council) drawn from different regions of the world to advise and promote the holy Father’s concerns on issues of justice and peace, human rights, torture, human trafficking, care of creation and other issues related to the promotion of human dignity and development,” he said.

The Council is expected to be formally inaugurated on a later date.