Human Rights

Catholics urged to witness to sanctity of life

Catholics throughout the country have been called upon to witness to the sanctity of life by actively participating in the May 22, Rosary/Prayer procession in all the Archdioceses and dioceses of the country.

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), made the call through the Secretary General of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), Reverend Fr. Ralph Madu while delivering a homily during Mass at the Archangel Gabriel Chaplaincy Church, in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Explaining the rationale behind the nationwide prayer procession, Fr. Madu said it was to coincide with the burial of the victims of the Mbalom massacre in Benue State, North central Nigeria, and to protest their killings and those of innocent Nigerians irrespective of their ethnic or religious inclinations, by suspected herdsmen and boko haram fundamentalists in different parts of the country.

The Bishops again called on the government and the security agencies in Nigeria to urgently end the killings and create a peaceful environment.

The Catholic Bishops Conference had asked Catholics in a press statement to join in the peaceful prayer procession on May 22, when the two priests and other murdered faithful will be buried by Makurdi Diocese, at Sesugh Maria Pilgrimage Centre, Ayati, Makurdi-Otukpo Road, Benue State.

Two Catholic Priests, Father Joseph Gor and Father Felix Tyolaha with seventeen others were killed on April 24 2018 as they were celebrating Mass at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Mbalom, in Benue State.

Source: Voice of Nigeria