Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Nigerian archbishop fears new attacks on Christians in north

Catholic World News - January 19, 2012

Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria, has reported that telephone text messages currently circulating in the north of the country warn “of plans by some Muslim groups to massacre Christians in the north on a specific night.” In light of recent events, the archbishop says, “it is understandable that one would not dismiss such texts as empty threats.” He was evidently referring to the spate of bloody attacks by Boko Haram terrorists.

Archbishop Onaiyekan said that Christians “should continue to be vigilant and security conscious all around us: in our homes, places of work and above all in our places of worship.” He asked Christians who have expertise in security affairs to help provide protection for churches. However, the archbishop underlined that the government should bear the brunt of the work in protecting all citizens. This protection, he said pointedly, “is our right as law-abiding citizens, and it is a duty of the state.”

The archbishop said that all Nigerians should “resist all attempts to turn us into enemies of one another.” He called for extra efforts to strengthen ties with moderate Muslim groups.

In his message the archbishop asked all priests to say two special prayers for the future of Nigeria at the close of every Mass: the Memorare and the Prayer for Nigeria in Distress. The latter is a prayer that was “composed many years ago and still valid for the present situation,” he said.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our July expenses ($34,359 to go):
$35,000.00 $641.00
98% 2%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

A Baptist leader with a message the Synod of Bishops should hear 22 hours ago
'Helpful' advice for social conservatives: ignore causes, deal with effects 22 hours ago
In the Aftermath of Obergefell 23 hours ago
The political outlook after Obergefell June 29
Good news/bad news on the Vatican PR overhaul June 29

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope approves process for holding bishops accountable in abuse cases CWN - June 10
Pope Francis’ 2nd encyclical released (includes link to full text) CWN - June 18
US Supreme Court rules all states must recognize same-sex marriage CWN - June 26
Archbishop Nienstedt, auxiliary bishop resign CWN - June 15
Cardinal Kasper: Pope never approved my proposal CWN - June 4