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Sunday, 22 April 2018


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The  President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama  of Jos and Metropolitan Archbishops of all the Ecclesiastical Provinces in the country are expected to be in Benin City, Edo State  for the second National Catholic Festival of  Arts and Culture (NACAFAC 2016), scheduled to hold from August  2 – 5, 2016.
Speaking to Catholic News Service of Nigeria (CNSNg)  in an exclusive interview on the preparations for the festival,  Rev. Fr. Moses IyaraOSA, Secretary, Inculturation and Translation unit, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), disclosed that arrangements had  been concluded  to ensure that the celebration  is a huge success. He expressed optimism that the President of the Bishops’ Conference and most members of the conference, including Archbishop Gabriel “ Leke Abegunrin, Chairman, CBCN Episcopal Committee for Inculturation and Translation are expected  to attend  the four-day  programme.                                                      
 He added that in spite of the desire of most of the dioceses to participate in the festival, competitions will primarily be at provincial level, because of logistics reason. Fr. Iyara OSA,  further stated that the festival, with the theme Faith and Cultural Values: Celebrating God’s Mercy and the Dignity of Marriage,will still take place at the Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre, Benin City, Edo State, as earlier announced; and each province will be represented by a delegation 50 members. The military and Police Chaplaincies are also expected to send delegations to the ceremony. The provinces participating in the competitions are:Lagos, Onitsha, Kaduna, Benin, Ibadan, Owerri, Jos, Calabar and Abuja. Also, the Catholic Artistes and Entertainers Association of Nigeria (CAEAN), are expected to participate in the festival.
According to the CSN Inculturation and Translation unit Secretary; the festival is being organized by the Pastoral Affairs Department of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Benin. He added that  both the national planning committee, comprising all diocesan Inculturation and Translation directors and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), put in place by the Archdiocese of Benin have worked assiduously to ensure that the festival is hitch free in planning and implementation.
Giving a breakdown of the programme for the four-day festival, Fr. Iyara disclosed that the programme will begin with an opening Mass, expected to be presided over by the President of the Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama.
The celebration will feature Arts Exhibition, Drama, Dance and paper presentations. The exhibition will feature a display of curated art works, while the dance and drama presentations will focus on typical rites of Nigerian traditional marriage ceremonies and vibrant dance and music forms performed in costumes relevant to Christian sensitivity and values. Papers will be presented on Fetish Conducts and Beliefs, the Challenges of Inculturation in Nigeria and Fidelity in Christian Marriage: the Contemporary Nigerian Experience.
Awards of recognition will also be given to faithful who have contributed in different ways to the growth of the Inculturation and the institution of marriage in the Church in the country These will include four retired bishops who will bag Life Time Achievement Awards in recognition of their outstanding contributions in the areas of inculturation and evangelization.

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