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Nigerian Catholics risk violence, lives to attend Mass (Obama's Sons in action)
CNA ^ | 3/23/2014

Posted on 03/23/2014 8:26:55 AM PDT by markomalley

Catholics in a northern Nigerian city are risking their lives to attend Sunday Mass, as their community has fallen prey to violence from radical extremists.

“There were a lot of bomb explosions, but that did not seem to deter people from coming to church,” said Fr. John Bakeni, the celebrant of a March 14 Mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Maiduguri.

“It was a very humbling and edifying experience to see so many people at Mass. The place was packed,” he told Aid to the Church in Need in a March 18 interview.

Fr. Bakeni said more than 2,000 people packed the cathedral, saying to him later that “if the attacks would worsen they would rather die in church than anywhere else.”

The Mass was held during violent attacks on the city, allegedly by radical Islamist group Boko Haram, which included rocket-propelled grenades and attacks on the city's military barracks. Houses were set on fire, and innocent people were killed, locals have reported.

Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sinful," has declared its animosity for Christianity and the Church, educational institutions, the Nigerian government, and moderate Muslims.

During the attacks on the city, which have taken place over the course of months, hundreds of people have died. In the days preceding the March 16 Mass, the Nigerian military had undertaken a campaign to push back the extremists, killing more than 200 members of Boko Haram.

Fr. Bakeni said that despite these attempts, Boko Haram had regrouped and were undertaking more attacks.

The “military are doing their very best, but they lack modern weaponry to counter these guys who are far more sophisticated.”

Boko Haram’s attacks have killed thousands since 2009; according to the BBC, they have killed 500 in 2014 alone. The U.N. estimates that the attacks have led to more than 470,000 internally displaced persons in Nigeria.

During the Mass, Fr. Bakeni said, he told the congregation "that there was no need to preach. I told them: ‘Your presence in such large numbers is a homily in itself.’"

“Please pray that this violence will stop.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: benghazi; deathtoislam; iran; waronterror

1 posted on 03/23/2014 8:26:55 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

This a muslim killing christian thing - not a black killing whites thing


2 posted on 03/23/2014 8:38:58 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: 2banana
This a muslim killing christian thing - not a black killing whites thing

If Obama had a son in his native country, he'd be a member of Al-Shabob...

3 posted on 03/23/2014 8:42:51 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley
Boko Haram, which means "Western education is sinful," has declared its animosity for Christianity and the Church, educational institutions, the Nigerian government, and moderate Muslims.

Interesting sentence.

Obama has put his buddy, Billie Ayers-- unrepentant cop killing domestic terrorist who wishes he could have bombed more places-- in charge of 1,000 of teachers and massive amounts of curriculum and in so doing is making education in this country (see common core) conforming to Boko Haram's desires {Ironically similar to Obama's desires...).

Obama like wise has shown his animosity for Christianity and the Church and educational institutions.

And praises "Moderate" Islamic Muslims.

As can be seen by what is happening there in Nigeria, the Muslims that are not radicalized are targets of the hard core Islamists.

Like homosexuals, they are celebrated and mainstreams but will be the first to go when things get to the natural conclusions coming from tolerating Islam.

4 posted on 03/23/2014 11:59:33 AM PDT by Syncro (So? -Andrew Breitbart [1969-2012] RIP King of The New Media)
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