- Jan 17, 2020
After at least three Catholic priests have been murdered in 2019, Cardinal John Cardinal Onaiyekan says “insecurity is getting out of hand” in Nigeria.
A Nigerian cardinal says he is “ashamed” to see women from Nigeria working as prostitutes in Italy.
Nigeria’s presidency late Sunday announced a series of “deeply unfortunate killings across a number of communities” in central Plateau State as one report cited police as saying 86 people were dead in clashes between mostly Muslim herders and Christian farmers.
Nigerian bishops spoke of “ethnic cleansing,” denounced that people live in “palpable fear,” that Christians are being “massacred,” that human life is worth less than cattle and warned about the possibility of Nigeria falling into “anarchy” if the government fails to bring peace.
While one could see Monday’s resignation of an embattled Nigerian bishop as the pope blinking, it may also be an act of mercy by the pope and humility by the bishop.
An embattled bishop who has not been able to set foot in his diocese in Nigeria for over five years has resigned his position, saying it is “no longer beneficial to the Church” for him to hold his position, just over eight months after Pope Francis threatened to suspend any priest who refused to accept him.