“LAGOS: The funeral of the priest believed to be the world’s oldest cleric, Rev. Monsignor Pedro Martins, [took] place on 10th June, after a Requiem Mass at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos, Nigeria. The cleric was 103 when he died, last month.
In a statement, his archbishop, Alfred Adewale Martins of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, described the monsignor, who was born in 16th November, 1910, as a man of many firsts.
He was the first Lagosian to be ordained Catholic priest and the pioneer Nigerian Catholic Chaplain of the Nigerian Army.
He was also the first Nigerian Director of the Nigerian Army Chaplaincy Services (Catholic). The statement added that a vigil Mass would be held on 9th June at St Gregory’s College, Obalende, Lagos.”
– This article was published in “The Catholic Universe” issue Friday 6th June, 2014. For subscriptions please visit http://www.thecatholicuniverse.com (external link).