Catholic priest slumps, dies playing football


A pall of gloom was on Wednesday cast on the catholic community in Onitsha Archdiocese following the sudden death of one of the brethren, Rev. Fr Pius Uchenna Ukor.

Ukor, who was the Director of communication of the Archdiocese and doubled as editor of the Archdiocesan Newspaper; Trinitas, slumped during a novelty match between the Onitsha Diocesan Priests and that of their Issele-Uku counterpart at the stadium in Asaba, a statement released by Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, via its Facebook page accompanied by the pictures of the deceased revealed.

It said the late priest was revived by medical personnel and was rushed to the hospital where he was confirmed dead.

The statement reads: “Just yesterday, Onitsha Archdiocese lost one of her priests to death.*Rev Fr Pius Ukor* slumped in the stadium at Asaba while the Archdiocesan Priests were playing a football Match with the Issele-Uku Diocesan Priests. He was a bit resuscitated by the nurses and rushed to the FMC hospital in Asaba but on reaching there he, he was confirmed dead. Until his death Fr Pius was the editor of the Archdiocesan Newspaper; Trinitas Newspaper as well as. He hails from Umuoji. Please remember him in your prayer.”

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