Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah as Member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Integral Human rights, justice and development.

The appointment was contained in a recent letter signed by His Eminence, Cardinal Peter Turkson, the Prefect of the Dicastery.

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.

Speaking on the appointment, the Director, Social Communications of Sokoto diocese, Fr. Chris Omotosho, said this “adds to Bishop Kukah’s string of national and international engagements within the universal Church”.

The appointment, which is renewable, is for an initial period of five years. The Council will be formally inaugurated on a later date.

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