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26 APRIL 2018
Pope Francis is praying for Nigeria
Pope Francis has told Nigerian Catholic Bishops who visited him, last Thursday that he is praying for Nigerians in the face of mounting insecurity. Pope Francis told Nigerian Catholic Bishops who visited him, last Thursday, in what is known as an Ad limina Visit, that he is praying for Nigerians in the face of mounting insecurity in that country. This is according to the Archbishop of Lagos, Alfred Adewale Martins who spoke to Vatican News. The Holy Father was particularly saddened by the recent attack on St Ignatius Catholic Parish, Mbalom in Gwer West, Local Government Council of Benue state. Last week, on Tuesday, suspected herdsmen stormed the Church and killed 18 persons, including two priests. Several parishioners were injured. Nigerian Bishops believe that terrorists and mercenaries have infiltrated the Fulani herdsmen to cause insecurity and mayhem in the Middle Belt of the country. Nigeria is at the same time battling a nine-year-old insurgency by Boko Haram Islamist militants, in the north-east. Lagos’ Archbishop says that during the Bishops’ visit to Pope Francis, they felt his closeness to the people of Nigeria. “He said that we should be courageous particularly with regard to the recent troubles (and) with regard to terrorists that masquerade as herdsmen. (The Holy Father) told us to tell our people that he is with us in spirit and he is praying for us,” Archbishop Martins said. Source