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Ivory Coast: cardinal denounces ritual sacrifice of children

April 02, 2018

The leading prelate in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) denounced the abduction and ritual sacrifice of children.

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Preaching to nearly 5,000 people at the Chrism Mass during Holy Week, Cardinal Jean-Pierre Kutwa of Abidjan said that “only the Blood of Jesus is capable of saving us … Know that you will render an account for the blood that you pour out.”

Since the beginning of the year, there have been three confirmed cases of child sacrifice in the West African nation. A five-year-old child was killed after a witch doctor promised that a child sacrifice would make the murderer extremely wealthy.

In Yopougon, a city of 1.1 million, over 1,000 parishioners took part in a march in which they asked the Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede for an end to the killings.

The nation of 24.2 million is 43% Muslim, 17% Catholic, 12% Protestant, and 4% animist, with 19% professing no religion.


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  • Posted by: vjenkins71201 - Apr. 03, 2018 1:57 PM ET USA

    May God be with these people at this time to stop this demonic practice.

  • Posted by: Cincinnatus - Apr. 02, 2018 10:03 PM ET USA

    For several decades, Côte d’Ivoire has let the international community know officially and consistently that its official name is"Côte d’Ivoire" and has requested that those French words be used in all circumstances when the name of the country is stated, rather than any translation, such as "Ivory Coast." Given the importance the country itself attaches to this matter, I'm sure they would appreciate your adjusting your style manual accordingly.