The Pope prays for the victims of the attack on a church in Nigeria

 

The Pope has asked for prayers "for the victims" of the attack perpetrated this Sunday against a Catholic church in the state of Ondo, in the southwest of Nigeria, in which at least 50 people have died, according to local media reports.

The Pontiff has learned of the attack on the church of Ondo (Nigeria) and the death of dozens of faithful, many of them children, during the celebration of Pentecost, according to the Vatican Press Office. This celebration is very important for Catholics because they commemorate the arrival of the Holy Spirit on the apostles.

"While the details of the incident are clarifiedPope Francis prays for the victims and for the country, painfully affected in a moment of celebration, and entrusts both to the Lord to send his Spirit to console them"has been specified in the brief statement.

At least 50 people have died in an attack carried out by armed men during a mass in the Catholic church of San Francisco Javier, in the Nigerian state of Ondo, in the south of the country, according to medical sources confirmed to the ‘Nigerian Tribune’ portal.

So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but local MP Olayemi Adeyemi has accused Fulani herdsmen of the assault intended as retaliation against restrictive livestock and grazing policies put in place by Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu. , according to statements collected by the portal ‘People’s Gazette’.

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