+ Paul Verdzekov
Archbishop Emeritus of Bamenda
On Thursday, 30th November 2006, the Holy See announced that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI had accepted the resignation of Bishop Pius Suh Awa as Bishop of Buea, and that the same Pontiff had appointed Bishop Immanuel Banlanjo Bushu, hitherto Bishop of Yagoua as the new Bishop of Buea. Bishop Awa handed over the Crozier to his successor in a colourful public celebration of the Eucharist at Soppo on Tuesday, 30th January 2007. Ordained as Co-Adjutor Bishop of Buea on Pentecost Sunday, 30th May 1971, Bishop Awa automatically became Bishop at Buea on 29th January 1973, the day on which Pope Paul VI accepted the resignation of Bishop Jules Peeters, MHM.