By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – The Knights of St. John International (KSJI), an internatiinal sodality organisation of the Roman Catholic Church, has joined the Church in Nigeria in mourning the death of the Catholic Bishop of Ilorin, Most Rev Paul Olawoore.
The KDJI described the late Bishop as a true shepherd of the flock and expressed deep shock and pains for the death.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Chief of Staff to the SSP, Nigeria, KSJI, Sir Abuchi Anueyiagu made available to Sundiata Post in Abuja.
In a condolence message to the Church in Nigeria, the Supreme Subordinate (national) President of the KSJI in Nigeria, Maj. Gen. (Prof.) Remy Uche, told the Roman Catholic faithful in Ilorin that news of the death of bishop Olawoore came to the Knights of St. John International (KSJI) in Nigeria as a surprised shocking incident that threw the organisation into a deep mourning, not just with Ilorin diocese but with the Catholic Bshops and the entire Church in Nigeria.
“News of the death of Most Rev. Paul Olawoore of the Catholic Diocese of Ilorin broke to us in Knights of St. John International with shock, disbelief and serious pain, of which the magnitude of our mourning is so deep and severe”, the SSP stated.
On behalf of himself and the entire knights and ladies of the Knights of St. John International (KSJI) in Nigeria, Prof. Uche expressed heartfelt condolences to the leadership of CBCN, the entire Catholic Bishops and the Church in Nigeria for the death of Bishop Paul Olawoore.
“We’re so visibly touched by having to go through this pain of loss, as we deeply mourn with the Church, praying that the soul of our late Bishop be at peace with our Heavenly Father”, the KSJI leader explained.
The Supreme Subordinate President assured the Catholic faithful that the departed bishop will always be fondly remembered by the Order.
He prayed God to help the bishops to find some peace and solace to enable them cope with the death of their brother bishop.
“The members of the CBCN will be remembered in our prayers”, Maj. Gen. Uche concluded.