- Dec 9, 2019
Say “Catholic priest” to the typical American and he or she may well reply “possible abuser,” due to the Church’s clerical sexual abuse crisis. Say the same thing to the typical Nigerian, and the instinctive response today probably would be “victim.”
Nigeria’s bishops have once again called on President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to restore peace to Africa’s most populous country.
After at least three Catholic priests have been murdered in 2019, Cardinal John Cardinal Onaiyekan says “insecurity is getting out of hand” in Nigeria.
For one Nigerian priest, the killing of several of his peers over the past few months is not so much a sign that Christians are being targeted as it is indicative of a much deeper, and systemic problem rooted in corruption and a “hidden agenda” to make Nigeria a Muslim nation.
As the security situation in Nigeria continues to worsen, the country is struggling to deal with the large numbers of internally displaced persons. Catholic Relief Services is there to help.
The Catholic Church is working to bridge the divide between Muslims and Christians in a country where the divide between the groups is fraught with large and small issues, said a Nigerian archbishop.