Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Nigerian Martyrs

From The Catholic Herald:
On December 28, Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and Sacraments, tweeted about the December 26 killings. “In Nigeria, the murder of eleven Christians by mad Islamists is a reminder of how many of my African brothers in Christ live faith at the risk of their own lives,” Sarah wrote. “These baptized are martyrs. They have not betrayed the Gospel,” the cardinal added.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese sees the Christmas Day action by the IS as part of a continued effort to promote antagonism between Christians and Muslims in the country and region. “They are trying to create a situation of war,” Kaigama told Vatican Radio. “They want to see Muslims and Christians fighting.” According to the archbishop, IS members hope that in the midst of the confusion, they might “have the upper hand and be able to destroy Christians, take over the country and even the neighboring countries.” (Read more.)

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