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Pope appeals for end to violence against Christians in Nigeria

June 20, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI pleaded to an end to the violent attacks on Christians in central Nigeria, during his public audience on June 20.

"I appeal to leaders for an immediate end to the killing of so many innocents,” the Holy Father said. He called upon all the people of Nigeria to avoid “the path of revenge” and instead to “cooperate in building a peaceful and reconciled society, in which everyone's right freely to profess their faith is fully protected.”

The Pope expressed his “deep concern” about the violence in Nigeria, where the Boko Haram terrorist group has mounted a series of bloody attacks on Christians.


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