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Pope sends solidarity message to Nigeria

17 March 2015, 17:36

Lagos - Pope Francis has expressed solidarity with Nigeria amid incidents of terror that have claimed thousands of lives in recent years.

The solidarity message came in a letter the Vatican Information Service (VIS) made available.

In the written a letter to the Bishops of Nigeria, Francis ensured them of his nearness to all those in that country.

The Vatican observed that although Nigeria had one of the strongest economies in all of Africa, it was facing new and violent forms of extremism and fundamentalism that tragically affect the society as a whole.

"While we walk this Lenten journey towards the Resurrection of the Lord united with the whole Church, I wish to extend to you, dear Archbishops and Bishops of Nigeria, a fraternal greeting, which I extend to the beloved Christian communities entrusted to your pastoral care," wrote Francis.

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He assured all who suffered of his closeness.

"Every day I remember you in my prayers and I repeat here, for your encouragement and comfort, the consoling words of the Lord Jesus, which must always resound in our hearts: 'Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.'"

He expressed thanks to church leaders in the midst of trials and sufferings saying the Church in Nigeria did not cease to witness to hospitality, mercy and forgiveness.

"How can we fail to remember the priests, religious men and women, missionaries and catechists who, despite untold sacrifices, never abandoned their flock, but remained at their service as good and faithful heralds of the Gospel?"

- CAJ News


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