PAUL VERDZEKOV: ON THE ROAD TO SAINTHOOD
The Cathedral in Mankon was jammed on Thursday 30 January 2020 at 9:00a.m. as hundreds of Christians from all over the Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province each wanted to be witness to the first of its kind in our local Church and only the second in Cameroon after Baba Simon of Marius Mokolo. Archbishop Emeritus of Bamenda, His Grace Cornelius Fontem Esua officially and solemnly announced his decision to the beginning of the cause of Beatification of his predecessor. His Lordship Michael Miabesue Administrator of Buea and Auxiliary of Bamenda was present along with practically all priests and religious if Bamenda. According to AB Esua although some of us may not live to see the day if Beatification and final canonization of Paul Verdzekov, we have started the cause and can happily wait for the unfolding of events. One thing consoles us that Paul Verdzekov was well known at national and international levels.
Before the final blessing the AB, the auxiliary and some priests went to bless the tomb of Paul Verdzekov.
Paul Mbiybe Verdzekov (January 22, 1931 – January 26, 2010) was a Cameroonian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Bamenda, Cameroon from 1970 till 1982 and as Archbishop from 1982 till 2006. He is well known for his discipline, piercing sermons, passion for truth and defense of morals against all odds. He is considered a man of integrity. How béatification will strengthen the faith of the people and why not convert many. It is a good course and a welcomed initiative as many of the Christians of Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province testify. There are many of such people whose causes could be inaugurated. Time will unravel those. For now, Paul Verdzekov is on the road to sainthood.
Radio Evangelium Kumbo
31 January 2020.