Pope laments terrorist attack on Catholic Church in Nigeria
Pope Francis expresses his condolences for the victims of a terror attack on a Catholic Church in Nigeria’s southwestern Ondo State which killed over 50 people, including several children. As the Church celebrated Pentecost Sunday, gunmen entered St. Francis Xavier Church in Owo, Nigeria and opened fire on worshippers. Initial reports suggest the attackers also set off explosives during the attack in Ondo State. In response, Pope Francis expressed his solidarity with the victims and sent his prayers. The Pope “prays for the victims and for the country, painfully attacked at a time of celebration, and he entrusts everyone to the Lord, that God might send His Spirit to console them,” said Matteo Bruni, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, on Sunday.
Dozens dead and wounded
Local doctors told Reuters news agency that at least 50 people were killed in the attack. Dozens of others were wounded and taken to hospitals in Owo. Doctors have appealed for blood donations on social media.
Bishop Jude Ayodeji Arogundade, of the Diocese of Ondo, expressed his closeness to the victims and their families, according to Fr. Augustine Ikwu, the Communications Director for the diocese. Fr. Ikwu said fears are rising that many more people may die from their wounds, and lamented that the Church had been "violated.” He denied initial reports on social media that the attackers had kidnapped the priest and other members of the congregation. “All the priests in the parish are safe and none was kidnapped,” said Fr. Ikwu in a press release. "The Bishop of the Diocese is also with them at this trying time.” He added that the Bishop also urges Catholics to “remain calm, be law abiding, and pray for peace and normalcy to return to our commuity, state, and country.” Prayers for peace Fr. Ikwu said the identity of the attackers remains unknown, but that Nigerian security forces have been deployed in the area surrounding the church in Owo. He also invoked God’s help to restore “peace and tranquility” in the country. “We turn to God to console the families of those whose lives were lost in this distressing incident, and pray for the dparted souls to rest in peace,” he said.
President Buhari’s response
Meanwhile, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari issued a statement in response to the attack. He expressed condolences for the families of the victims, and ordered emergency agencies to assist the injured. “No matter what, this country shall never give in to evil and wicked people, and darkness will never overcome light. Nigeria will eventually win,” read the President’s statement. Source
LA SALETTE + FATIMA TIMELINE
1. Two Popes. (13 March 2013)
2. Manifestation of the Forerunner to the Antichrist (21 October 2019)
3. Death of Two Popes (_ _ / _ _ / 2022)
4. NIGHT ILLUMINED BY UNKNOWN LIGHT DURING NEW MOON (_ _ / _ _ / 2022)
5. Start of Thirty Five Years Worth of Chastisements (_ _ / _ _ / 2022)
6. Rise of the Political Power of the Forerunner to the Antichrist (_ _ / _ _ / _ _ _ _)
7. Creation of Forerunner's Nationalist Army (_ _ / _ _ / _ _ _ _)
8. Persecution of the Catholic Church by the Forerunner and His Nationalist Army(_ _ / _ _ / _ _ _ _)
9. Murder of Fatima Pope & Faithful on top a Steep Mountain by Forerunner and his Army.
10. The Rise of the Great Monarch & Great Pontiff (near the end of the 35 year Chastisement)
11. The death of the Forerunner to the Antichrist.
REMEMBER - THE 35+ YEARS WORTH OF CHASTISEMENTS DO NOT START UNTIL THE TWO POPES ARE DEAD......
“The great chastisement will come, because men will not be converted; yet it is only their conversion that can hinder these scourges. God will begin to strike men by inflicting lighter punishments in order to open their eyes; then He will stop, or may repeat His former warnings to give place for repentance. But sinners will not avail themselves of these opportunities; He will, in consequence, send more severe castigations, anxious to move sinners to repentance, but all in vain. Finally, the obduracy of sinners shall draw upon their heads the greatest and most terrible calamities. Mélanie
“We are all guilty! Penance is not done, and sin increases daily. Those who should come forward to do good are retained by fear. Evil is great. A moderate punishment serves only to irritate the spirits, because they view all things with human eyes. God could work a miracle to convert and change the aspect of the earth without chastisement. God will work a miracle; it will be a stroke of His mercy; but after the wicked shall have inebriated themselves with blood, the scourge shall arrive Mélanie
“What countries shall be preserved from such calamities? Where shall we go for refuge? I, in my turn, shall ask, What is the country that observes the commandments of God? What country is not influenced by human fear where the interest of the Church and the glory of God are at stake? (Ah, indeed! What country, what nation upon earth?) In behalf of my Superior and myself, I have often asked myself where we could go for refuge, had we the means for the journey and for our subsistence, on condition that no person were to know it? But I renounce these useless thoughts. We are very guilty! In consequence of this, it is necessary that a very great and terrible scourge should come to revive our faith, and to restore to us our very reason, which we have almost entirely lost. Mélanie
MARIA OF THE CROSS,
Victim of Jesus nee MELANIE CALVAT,
Shepherdess of La Salette
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