The congregation of Nnewi Catholic Diocese has used the Feast of Christ the King to pray for the response of the souls of victims of last August St Phillips Catholic Church, Umuezekwe-Ofufe Amakwa, Ozubulu, shooting.
Instead of gathering at the Ozubulu Deanery Church, the Bishop of the Diocese, Most Reverend Hillary Okeke, directed all the parishes in Ozubulu to gather at the St Phillips Catholic Church, Umuezekwe-Ofufe Amakwa, Ozubulu where on the sixth of August , many of the parishioners lost their lives in an unusual circumstance.
Some of the victims have been buried by Bishop Okeke in a special cemetery made for them, while others were taken home by their families and some are yet to be buried.
Bearing in mind the circumstances of their death, Bishop Okeke taught it wise to use this year’s Christ the King celebration to cleanse the church and pray for the souls of the dead.
The over ten parishes that converged at St Phillips, on arrival, stepped into the cemetery and offered adoration with the Blessed Sacrament.
The celebration, like in every other year, witnessed jubilation and chorus in honour of Christ as the king of the universe.
Addressing the congregation, Bishop Okeke recalled that St Phillips has become a known church in the country and beyond because of the ugly incidence, saying that the event will go a long way in atoning for the sins of the dead.
The Dean, Ozubulu Deanery, Reverend Father Paul Onwughalu, appreciated the Bishop for deeming it fit to honour the dead , urging the families of the deceased to take solace in the fact that all mortals shall journey to eternity.