– A Nigerian man identified as Paschal Uche has been ordained to the priesthood almost ten years after meeting Pope Benedict XVI
– Uche was ordained to the priesthood on August 1, 2020, by Bishop Alan Williams at Brentwood Cathedral in Essex
– The young man met with Pope Benedict XVI on September 18, 2010, whom he addressed on behalf of the young people of England, Wales and Scotland
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Almost ten years after meeting Pope Benedict XVI, a Nigerian man identified as Paschal Uche has been ordained to the priesthood.
Uche, who met Pope Benedict XVI on behalf of the young people of England, Wales and Scotland, on September 18, 2010, was ordained to the priesthood on August 1, 2020, CNA reports.
Bioreports gathers that while Uche was addressing the pope, the crowd exploded in cheers and applause.
Uche had said: “Pope John Paul II said that our faith is a noble and authentic adventure. And we really desire for other young people to experience this. It is our prayer that your visit inspires us to be saints, saints of the third millennium.”
The young man was led over to Pope Benedict XVI, who patted him on the shoulder and then clasped his hand as they exchanged a few private words.
Paschal Uche was ordained to the priesthood on August 1, 2020.
Photo credit: CNA
Uche was ordained by Bishop Alan Williams at Brentwood Cathedral in Essex. The Mass featured a cantor and drummers from the Blessed Cyprian Tansi Choir, reflecting Uche’s Nigerian heritage.
Photo credit: CNA
The Pope Emeritus sent a letter congratulating Uche on his ordination and promised to pray for him.
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Meanwhile, Bioreports previously reported that Pope Francis on Monday, April 6, spoke about the situation of the poor.
In his tweet, the pontiff said that God would judge the world on how we relate with the poor.
He explained a popular verse in the bible which says: “The poor you will always have with you”, saying God meant he will always be present “in the poor.”
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