His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI today, Saturday 2nd February 2013 appointed His Lordship Most Rev. Joseph Effiong Ekuwem as the new Archbishop of Calabar. This is following the retirement of His Grace Most Rev Joseph Edra Ukpo who has attained the canonical age of episcopal retirement at 75 years. Bishop Ekuwem was until his appointment the Bishop of Uyo Diocese and the date for his installation is yet to be announced by competent authorities.
 
Meanwhile, to administer to the needs of the Archdiocese, the Holy Father appointed the new Bishop Emeritus, the Most Rev Joseph Ukpo as the Apostolic Administrator. Congratulations to His Lordship!
 
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