The Society of African Missions mourns the unexpected death of Bishop John Moore SMA (Bishop of Bauchi, Nigeria) .
At the same time as his funeral Mass and burial was taking place in Wilton, Cork the faithful in Bauchi were also attending Mass. Fr John Keane SMA emailed this brief report from Bauchi:
“Yesterday at the same time as the funeral Mass was said in Ireland the Cathedral and compound in St John’s, Bauchi was full to capacity. Though it was not the official requiem Mass for him in the Diocese, people came from all over Bauchi Diocese, Jos Archdiocese, Shendam Diocese, Yola Diocese to be in solidairty with his funeral in Ireland. The Leaders of other Christian Churches from Bauchi were present.
Bishop James Daman from Shendam Diocese was the chief celebrant at the Mass. He was an old and dear friend of John Moore. The Church though full was quiet as people were still coming to terms with the news of his death.”