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Mark leads Nigeria’s delegation to Pope Francis inauguration

By The Citizen
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President Goodluck Jonathan has nominated  the Senate President, Senator David Mark to lead Nigeria’s delegation at the formal installation of Pope Francis on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

According to a release from state house, other members of the delegation are the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, the Minister of State (Foreign Affairs), Prof. Viola Onwuliri and the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama.

The delegation also includes the Chaplain of the Presidential Villa Chapel, Venerable Obioma Onwuzurumba and the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, Mr. John Kennedy Opara.

In addition to attending the new Pope's inauguration mass at the Vatican City, the delegation will also convey a congratulatory letter from President Jonathan to Pope Francis who was elected by the College of Cardinals on Wednesday, March 13, to succeed Pope Benedict XVI.