By Modupe Shodeinde
Pope Francis has appointed Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Dr. Matthew Hassan Kukah, as a member of Dicastery for the Promotion of Human integral Development.
The appointment letter, signed by His Eminence, Peter Cardinal Turkson, the Prefect of the Dicastery, dated 11th December, 2020.
This was disclosed by the Director, Social Communications of Sokoto diocese, Fr. Chris Omotosho in a statement on Tuesday.
Omtosho stated that with the appointment, Bishop Kukah will now join other members of the Dicastery drawn from different regions of the world to advise and promote the Pope’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.
The appointment is for an initial period of five years and renewable. He added that the council will be formally inaugurated on a later date.
The Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development was created on January 1, 2017, when four Dicasteries – the Pontifical Councils for Justice and Peace, Cor Unum, Pastoral Care of Immigrants and Itinerant People and Health Care of Workers, were all merged by the Holy Father.