Pope appoints Nigerian archbishop into vatican position

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed
Lebanese and Nigerian clergymen to a
Vatican department aimed at
countering growing secularisation in a
sign of attention to two problematic
regions for the Catholic Church.
The Vatican said the Archbishop of Beirut of
the Maronites, Paul Youssef Matar, and the
Archbishop of Jos, Ignatius Ayau Kaigama,
would be joining the Pontifical Council for the
New Evangelization.
Despite the raging conflict in Syria, which has
also raised tensions within Lebanon, the pope
is expected to visit Beirut on September 14-16 with a message calling for peaceful
coexistence between religions in the region.
Thousands of people have been killed in Jos in recent years in clashes between the Christian
and Muslim communities including a suicide attack on a Catholic church in March in which a
dozen people were killed.
Benedict created the pontifical council for new evangelisation in 2010.

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