Massacre in a Catholic Church in Nigeria Takes Life of 16 Faithful and 2 Priests

Source: FSSPX News

A murderous attack was perpetrated in the church of St. Ignatius in Mbalom, in central Nigeria, on April 24, 2018: sixteen faithful and two priests met with their death.

Central Nigeria is the scene of murderous confrontations with religious and ethnic conflicts aggravating the struggle for land and water. The sedentary agricultural peoples are most often Christian. They are regularly confronted with nomad breeders, mostly Muslim and members of the Fula tribe, who come down from the north to find pastures for their flocks.

According to the police, the attack on the church was perpetrated by nomad breeders. Fatai Owoseni, the local chief of police, declared, “We recovered 16 bodies and the bodies of two priests on the site of the attack” made by about thirty armed men “suspected of being breeders”.

According to Terhemen Angor, an inhabitant of Mbalom, a funeral office had just begun at the church of St. Ignatius “when shots began to ring out close by.” The people began to run and scream, he told the AFP, confirming that about twenty people where “shot down in cold blood”, and that many more were wounded.

The Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, firmly condemned the bloody attack: “Violating a place of worship, killing priests and faithful is not only shameful, diabolical, and Satanic, but it heightens the religious conflict and plunges our communities into endless blood baths,” he declared.

Priests pay a heavy tribute in the world in the exercise of their ministry. They are sometimes killed out of hatred for the Faith, but also, often, because of the increasing tide of desecration and secularization that the Catholic hierarchy cannot seem to stem. On the night of April 23, 2018, a priest was killed in Ivory Coast by pirates seeking ransom. In Mexico, five priests have been killed since the beginning of the year, some right in their churches, generally for financial motives.

Since January 1, 2018, 14 priests have been assassinated in the world, 8 of them in the month of April alone.