The progress of the church, of Nigeria and of the world forms the inter-connected issues over which the Second Plenary of the Catholic Bishops Conference opening this morning in Jalingo, Taraba State will be ruminating. The conference which ends on Thursday is the rotational version of the First Plenary which holds permanently in Abuja every year. The Second Plenary is rotated among the provinces of the Church, nine of them in all in the country.
Commencing with an opening Mass this morning at the Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral in Jalingo, the conference is expected to witness a massive reception as well as the visit of the Bishops to designated parishes in the area. A presidential mission is expected to grace the opening session of the conference aside from the presence of several dignitaries, most prominent of whom might be Dr Darius Ishaku, the governor of Taraba State.
The Catholic Bishops would offer special prayers for the state and the nation during the conference, said Reverend Father Henry Vakkai who chaired the local organising committee (LOC) which worked on the hosting of the conference. Vakkai spoke of the spiritual and infrastructural benefits of the conference for the nation and the state respectively. The conference closes with a communiqué Thursday.