Auxiliary for Abuja, Nigeria

ABUJA, Nigeria, NOV. 8, 2011 ( A Nigerian native who studied in Ireland has been named an auxiliary bishop of Abuja.

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Benedict XVI appointed Father Anselm Umoren of the Missionary Society of St. Paul. He will assist Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, 67.

Bishop-designate Umoren, 49, was serving as the superior-general of the Missionary Society of St. Paul.

The Archdiocese of Abuja has nearly 3 million people, of whom just over a half million are Catholics. They are served by some 110 priests and 330 religious.

Anselm Umoren was born in Ukana Nto, Nigeria, in 1962 and ordained a priest in 1988. He obtained his master’s degree in Ireland and has worked as a missionary in Sierra Leone, Cameroon and Sudan.

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