Pope Francis Offers Condolences and Prayers after Catholic Church Attack in Nigeria which Killed 50 People Including Some Children
During the Pentecost Sunday Mass, gunmen entered St. Francis Xavier Church in Owo, Nigeria and opened fire on worshippers.
The Pope “prays for the victims and for the country, painfully attacked at a time of celebration, and he entrusts everyone to the Lord, that God might send His Spirit to console them,” said Matteo Bruni, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, on Sunday.
UPDATE On Twitter the Pope Wrote:
I was deeply saddened to learn of the horrific attack at Saint Francis church in Owo in #Nigeria. #PrayTogether for all those affected by this act of unspeakable violence and for the conversion of those blinded by hatred and violence.— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) June 6, 2022
Bishop Jude Ayodeji Arogundade, of the Diocese of Ondo, expressed his closeness to the victims and their families, according to Fr. Augustine Ikwu, the Communications Director for the diocese.
“All the priests in the parish are safe and none was kidnapped,” said Fr. Ikwu in a press release. "The Bishop of the Diocese is also with them at this trying time.” He added that the Bishop also urges Catholics to “remain calm, be law abiding, and pray for peace and normalcy to return to our commuity, state, and country.”
He also invoked God’s help to restore “peace and tranquility” in the country.
“We turn to God to console the families of those whose lives were lost in this distressing incident, and pray for the departed souls to rest in peace,” he said.
He expressed condolences for the families of the victims, and ordered emergency assistance for the injured.
“No matter what, this country shall never give in to evil and wicked people, and darkness will never overcome light. Nigeria will eventually win,” read the President’s statement.
STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) June 5, 2022
PRESIDENT BUHARI MOURNS THE DEAD, CONDOLES WITH ONDO STATE GOVT AND PEOPLE
President @MBuhari has condemned the heinous killing of worshippers Sunday at the St Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa Street, Owo Kingdom, in Ondo State.