Enugu Catholic priest dies of COVID-19

July 18, 2020
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Catholic Diocese of Enugu on Saturday announced the death of its priest, Rev. Fr. Joachim Cabanyes, due COVID-19 complications at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital isolation centre.

Rev. Fr. Nkemjika Igweshi, Secretary to Most Rev. Callistus Onaga, Bishop of Enugu Diocese, made this known in a statement issued to newsmen in Enugu.

Igweshi said that the Catholic Priest was a Spanish priest of the Opus Dei Prelature who worked in the diocese and had served the Nigerian Church for about 28 years.

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“He was such a nice, easy-going, cordial, generous, prayerful, and dedicated pastor.

“He hailed from Spain but loved our people so much and always attended our diocesan functions.

“His body has just been laid to rest, following the NCDC guidelines.

“Please as we pray for his peaceful repose, let us know that COVID-19 is real and we will do well to observe all the necessary health precautions and safety measures,’’ he said.

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Igweshi, who is also the Chaplain of St. Lucy Chaplaincy, Emene, near Enugu, prayed that Fr. Cabanyes soul rests in perfect peace.

It could be recalled that in June the Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Edward Ubosi, ordered the total shutdown and fumigation of the assembly complex.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Chairman of the House Committee on Information and Communication, Jeff Mbah, on Saturday in Enugu.

Ubosi gave the order as a precautionary measure following the death of Chijioke Ugwueze, member representing Isi-Uzo Constituency.

“The speaker has ordered the immediate shutdown of the assembly complex for decontamination,” he said. “Also the suspension of all activities in the complex till further notice.”

”Our heartfelt sympathy go to Ugwueze family, the wife, the children, the people of Isi-Izo Constituency and all our distinguished colleagues in the house and the State Government for the irreparable loss,” Mbah said.



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