Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah, has been appointed as a member of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Human Integral Development by Pope Francis.
The appointment letter was signed by Peter Cardinal Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery, according to a statement on Monday by Christopher Omotosho, director, Social Communications, Catholic Diocese of Sokoto.
The appointment is for an initial period of five years, while it is renewable thereafter. The Council would be formally inaugurated on a soon-to-be disclosed date.
The statement read: “By this appointment, Bishop Kukah will join other members of the Dicastery drawn from different regions of the world to advise and promote the Holy Father’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.”
Before now, Kukah had been a Consultor and later a member of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, Vatican City where he served three Popes.
Kukah is currently the Chairman, Dialogue Committees of both the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria.