Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Nigerian massacres: a 'horror' but not a religious conflict

Catholic World News - March 09, 2010

The Vatican has expressed "concern and horror" at the mass killings of Christians in Nigeria.

A March 9 statement from the Vatican press office made the point that although the conflict in northern Nigerian villages pitted Muslims against Christians, it should be seen "not as a religious but a social confrontation." Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria, explained to a Vatican Radio audience that it was "a classic conflict between herdsmen and farmers." The archbishop said that Christian leaders "continue to work to promote good relations between Christians and Muslims."

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!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($23,909 to go):
$150,000.00 $126,090.96
16% 84%
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!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: garedawg - Mar. 10, 2010 12:35 AM ET USA

    The oldest conflict of all: between Abel the farmer and Cain the herdsman.

  • Posted by: enterprise_coffee6927 - Mar. 09, 2010 5:49 PM ET USA

    My ancestors came to this Country pursuant to a land grant from the King of Spain for the aid they provided in riding the Country from Muslim occupation which continued from 711AD until 1492AD. There is a valley in Sicily named after my family because of the aid they provided in riding the island of Muslims. Muslims were at the outskirts of Vienna as late as 1536. The Muslim dream of a "World Caliphate" is absolute. Why do we continue to quibble about the obvious? Farzi anyone?

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Which American archbishops—if any—will receive red hats at the February conclave? December 23
A Blessed Christmas! December 23
Facing entrenched opposition, Pope Francis plows ahead on Vatican reform December 22
The cardinal who can't let go December 22
Denial of Service Attack: Success! December 19

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17
Pope identifies 15 spiritual ‘sicknesses’ of the Curia CWN - December 22