Nigeria radicals vow to continue killing Christians *Pope: Fidelity is the duty of every Catholic

June 16, 2012 by  
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Nigeria, June 11, 2012: International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that members of Nigeria’s radical Islamic group, Boko Haram, carried out separate attacks on two churches during worship services yesterday in northern Nigeria,  killing at least one Christian and wounding over 40. Following the attacks, the Islamists vowed to continue their killing campaign until they succeed in establishing an Islamic state in Nigeria. 
 
A member of Boko Haram drove a car into Christ Chosen Church, in the city of Jos, and detonated a suicide bomb that demolished the church, wounding over 40 parishioners. In another attack, three members of Boko Haram opened fire on a church in the town of Biu, killing at least one Christian and wounding three others.
 
In retaliatory attacks, Christian youth killed two people in Jos.
 
“The Nigerian state and Christians are our enemies and we will be launching attacks on the Nigerian state and its security apparatus as well as churches until we achieve our goal of establishing an Islamic state in place of the secular state,” said, Abul Qaqa, Boko Haram’s spokesman, in a phone interview to reporters after the attacks.
 
Boko Haram is a radical Islamic group that has been fighting to implement a strict version of Sharia law across Nigeria. The group has repeatedly said that it wants to eradicate Christians from northern Nigeria.
 
“Whoever is doing what they are doing against the Christians are desperate. We know that the world is in denial that Christians are under attack. But these incidents show that Christians are indeed under attack. We hope that international decision making bodies will look into the plight of Christians in Nigeria because people are frustrated,” said Mark Lipdo in an interview with ICC. Mark is program coordinator for the Stefanos Foundation, a Christian ministry based in northern Nigeria.
 
ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa, Jonathan Racho, said, “We are deeply alarmed by the continuous killing of Christians in northern Nigeria. In my recent trip to Nigeria, I witnessed the unspeakable level of violence against Christians by Islamic Jihad. The Nigerian government has failed to effectively protect its Christian citizens from Jihad. We urge Nigeria to avert further devastation by stepping up measures to protect innocent civilians from attack.”

– icc

Pope: Fidelity – responsibility for those in the Roman Curia and nunciatures

 

Vatican City, June 11, 2012: Faithfulness to the pope is the theme, perhaps not coincidentally, chosen by Benedict XVI for the annual year-end meeting with students of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. It is a virtue “deeply tied to the supernatural gift of faith, becoming an expression of the strength of someone who has founded in God his entire life.” “Gratitude” for the help that comes from people working in the Vatican.

Fidelity to the Vicar of Christ, ” expresses the unique bond existing between the Pope and his direct collaborators”, ” is a bond grounded in the priestly character that they have received “and that” it is deeply tied to the supernatural gift of faith, “a bond that is “something which ought to apply to every Catholic, and even more to every priest. ” Those, then, working at the Holy See also have ” a serious responsibility, but also a special gift which as time goes on should make you grow in closeness to the Pope, a closeness marked by interior trust, a natural idem sentire, which is exactly expressed by the word “faithfulness”. ”

Theme perhaps not coincidental that of fidelity to the pope, chosen by Benedict XVI for the annual year-end meeting with students of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, which trains diplomats of the Holy See, in a period in which the Vatican is hit by leaks of documents and memoirs that fuel speculation and rumors certainly not always of a disinterested nature. The Pope did not mention any of this today, he even repeated his “gratitude the assistance that I receive every day from my many collaborators in the Roman Curia and in Papal Representations, as well as the support that comes to me from the prayers of countless brothers and sisters worldwide. ”

” God’s faithfulness is the key to, and the source of, our own faithfulness,” said Benedict XVI in the first place, adding that “In the Bible, faithfulness is above all a divine attribute: God reveals himself as the one who remains ever faithful to his Covenant with his people, despite their unfaithfulness. As the Faithful One, God sees to the fulfilment of his loving plan; thus, he is trustworthy and true. His way of acting makes it possible in turn for men and women to be faithful. In our case, the virtue of faithfulness is profoundly linked to the supernatural gift of faith; it becomes the expression of that steadfastness proper to those who have made God the foundation of their entire lives. ”

“Faithfulness to Peter, who sends you forth, also gives rise to a special faithfulness towards those to whom you are sent. The Representatives of the Roman Pontiff and their collaborators are called upon to interpret his solicitude for all the Churches, as well as the affectionate concern with which he follows the journey of each people. You should therefore cultivate a relationship of profound esteem and benevolence, and indeed true friendship, towards the Churches and the communities to which you will be sent. You are also bound to faithfulness in their regard, a faithfulness concretely manifested each day by your diligence and devotion to your work, by your presence among them at moments of joy, sadness and even tragedy, by your coming to know their culture, their journey as a Church, and by your appreciation of all that God’s grace has accomplished in every people and nation. ”

“Thus you will also encourage and help the particular Churches to grow in faithfulness to the Roman Pontiff and to find in the principle of communion with the universal Church a sure direction for their own pilgrimage through history. Not least, you will also help the Successor of Peter to be faithful to the mission he has received from Christ, enabling him to know better the flock entrusted to his care and to be present to it more effectively by his words, his closeness, his affection. Here I can only mention with gratitude the assistance that I receive every day from my many collaborators in the Roman Curia and in Papal Representations, as well as the support that comes to me from the prayers of countless brothers and sisters worldwide. Dear friends, to the extent that you are faithful, you will also be worthy of faith. We know too that the faithfulness proper to the Church and to the Holy See is no “blind” loyalty, for it is enlightened by our faith in the One who said: “You are Peter, and on on this rock I will build my Church” (Mt 16:18). Let us all be committed to following this path, so that one day we may hear the words of the Gospel parable: “Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your master” (cf.Mt 25:21)”

– asianews

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