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Nigeria Oldest Catholic Priest Msgr Pedro Martins Dies At 103 (PHOTO)


Nigeria’s oldest Catholic priest, Monsignor (Col.) Pedro Ayodele Martins
of the Archdiocese of Lagos, has passed on. He died on Friday, May 16, at the age of 103 as a result of health complication. He had a been a
priest for 70 years .

A statement made available to City Pulse by the Archdiocese of Lagos stated, “With gratitude to God the giver of
life, we announce the passing away of Msgr. Pedro Ayodele Martins this
morning at the age of 103 years ’’

Born in 1911, the young Martins
was the second but first surviving child of Marcelino Domingo

and Regina Clarice Martins. He was ordained a priest by Bishop Patrick J
Kelly SMA of Benin City in present day Edo State on August 8, 1943.
After his Ordination, he then proceeded to the University College, Cork, Ireland.

his life-time, he filled many positions of responsibility, teaching at
St Gregory’s College in Lagos as well as ministering in several parishes
throughout the Archdiocese. He also served as Vicar General to the
immediate past Archbishop of Lagos, now Anthony Cardinal Okogie. 
1970, he was made Monsignor. During his military career
he served with the Nigerian Armed Forces, rising to the position of
Head Chaplain to the Armed Forces. He served in the Congo and with many
Army formations in Nigeria.
Reacting to the news of his death, Project Director at Saint Albert the Great Major Seminary, Reverend
Father Julius Olaitan, said Nigeria has truly lost a great man. 
just lost a great Nigerian and a wonderful priest. Baba was there for us
all as a sign of God’s enduring love’’.
He added that even in his
old age and frail nature, he was a courageous father who linked the
young to their history and sought to help everyone remain in touch with
“We will definitely miss his elderly and wise counsel, his great
sense of humour and spiritual guidance,’’ he said.

Adebayo Folorunsho-Francis 
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Adebayo Folorunsho-Francis is a communicator, Journalist, blogger, business coach and, of course, a prolific writer. He has Dip (Journalism) and B.A. (History & International Relations) from the Lagos State University (LASU). The self-effacing young man has worked for national, regional and local newspapers. He had worked with THISDAY covered community news for ISLAND NEWS and corresponded with P.M. NEWS (evening tabloid). Presently, he is the editor of CITYPULSE MEDIA and senior correspondent of PHARMANEWS, West Africa foremost health and pharmaceutical journal.


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