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16 killed in Nigerian Catholic Cathedral [Updated]

More attaks by Islamic terrorists today claimed the lives of scores of Christians in the state of Kaduna, Nigeria, including 10 killed and 50 injured in an attack to the Cathedral of Christ the King, of the Diocese of Zaria. [Update: the number of Catholics killed in the attack in the Cathedral has risen to 16.]

From the local paper Daily Trust:

Breaking News: Kaduna confirmed death toll now 34, ...156 wounded

... From the blast at the Christ the King Cathedral at No. 80 Yoruba street Daily Trust confirmed 10 dead and over 50 injured. .

...  Three churches were attacked this morning by suicide bombers in Kaduna. One went off at the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA) church, Wusasa and another at the Christ the King Cathedral Catholic church at No. 80, Yoruba Street, Sabon Gari, Zaria, just behind the Army Depot, Zaria where all Nigerian soldiers receive their basic training. The third church, Shalom Church at Trikania close to Abuja Fly over and Textile Labour house, was hit by multiple explosions around 10:17am.


JMJ Ora Pro Nobis said...

R.I.P 'Ave Maria gratia plena, dominus tecum, benedicta en mulieribus, et benedictus fructrus ventris tui, Jesus. Sancta Maria ora pro nobis peccatoribus nunc et in hora mortis nostrae'

Let us hope that through their intercession christ will soon reign in Nigeria!

Gratias said...

Sad news. These Muslim fanatics consider Western education haram or forbidden. They mind so much because the message of Christ is powerful. This is a long war we are looking at.

Francis said...

More attacks on innocent Catholics from the "religion" of peace. The conciliar and masonic inspired "inter-religious dialogue" doesn't seem to be working out to good. Which is no surprise to traditional minded Catholics. I pray that Christ the King will reign in Nigeria and in every country on earth, I pray that these pagans will convert to the one true God and to the one true faith, and may almighty God give eternal rest to the victims of this horrible tragedy.

rowan carstairs said...

The Vatican needs to 'get real' on this issue and unequivocally condemn militant Islam. Clearly the whole 'Assisi Mentality' is purely one way. The Church needs to openly condemn false religions and, where it exists, their hostility to Christ and his Church.

Alan Aversa said...

@rowan carstairs: Magdi Allam, a convert from Islam baptized by Pope Benedict XVI, urged the Pope in an October 20, 2008, letter that it "is vital for the common good of the Catholic Church, the general interest of Christianity and of Western civilization itself" that the pope make a pronouncement in "a clear and binding way" on the question of whether Islam is a valid religion.

Even ex-Muslims are appalled by Nostra Ætate!

Michael Bachoco said...

The Blood of the Martyrs is the seed of Christianity!

Is this event perhaps and the numerous similar events in the recent past perhaps the beginning of the martyrdom of the good for the purification of the Church as prophesied by Our Lady of Fatima?

Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for us!
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Pray for us!

Anonymous said...

...if Catholics still had the conviction and courage of the crusaders, this type of thing wouldn't happen. In places where Islam dominates we are sitting ducks with no one to protect the faithful. TS

Michael Bachoco said...

Let's pray for our eastern rite brethren that they will have the conviction to become ready martyrs for the faith, even as the martyrs of the coliseum have been!

Our Lady Help of Christians, Pray for us!

Gregorian Mass said...

Please God forgive temporal sins and accept the Souls of these victims into the Heavens. What a unspeakable horror that continues against Christians with very little said.

Matt said...

Alan Aversa said, "Magdi Allam, a convert from Islam baptized by Pope Benedict XVI, urged the Pope in an October 20, 2008, letter that it 'is vital for the common good of the Catholic Church, the general interest of Christianity and of Western civilization itself' that the pope make a pronouncement in 'a clear and binding way' on the question of whether Islam is a valid religion."

Seriously? The Church do that? How laughable. Really, if the Church did that, it would be just one more contrarian point against the Second Vatican Council. Mr. Allam makes quite a valid point but, sadly, I suppose his letter went to the bottom of a drawer.


Matt said...

Michael Bachoco said, "Is this event perhaps, and the numerous similar events in the recent past perhaps the beginning of the martyrdom of the good for the purification of the Church as prophesied by Our Lady of Fatima?"

Could be. Now the Blessed Mother never said where any of this may happen, but I suppose one has only to look at where these things are occurring and realize it's where such things are more easily able to happen. This is not to say things aren't going to happen here. Slowly but surely our religious freedoms are being whittled away. The Blessed Mother also didn't say whether it was going to be Red (blood)- or White (spiritual) martyrdom, but just plain martyrdom. We can only pray we are ready should the moment come upon us.

Yes, Michael, Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for us!
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Pray for us!

Picard said...

Time for a new crusade,isn´t it?

and till that time - time for suffering, penance, strenght and prayer.

Pray also for those poor killers that are in darkness of Islam: may they convert and acknowledge their Saviour, JEsus CHrist, the LOrd.

Peter M said...

Any comment from Cardinal Tauran?

Brian said...

A vicious attack on (the Cathedral of) Christ the King.

Simeon said...

The following is an excerpt from the speech St. Bernard addressed to the Catholic knights assembled in Vezelay in Burgundy, France, regarding the Second Crusade convoked by Pope Eugenius III on December 1, 1145.

St. Bernard

You know that we are living in a time of chastisement and destruction. ... The laws of the land and the laws of Religion no longer have the strength to maintain the customs and stop the triumph of the evil ones. The devil of heresy is seated on the throne of truth. God has cursed His sanctuary.

All you who hear me, make haste to calm the wrath of Heaven! Leave off imploring His goodness with futile lamentations or mortifying yourself with disciplines, but rather take up your invincible shields. The clamor of arms, the dangers, difficulties and fatigues of war, these are the penances that God imposes on you. Go to make reparation for your faults with victories against the infidels, and let the liberation of the Holy Places be the noble reward of your repentance.

If someone were to come and announce that the enemy had just entered your cities, stolen away your wives and children, and desecrated your churches, who would not immediately rush to take up arms? Well, all these evils and others still worse have fallen on the family of Jesus Christ, which is also yours. It was dispersed by the sword of pagans; barbarians destroyed the house of God and divided His inheritance. What else must take place for you to repair so many evils and avenge so many outrages?

Will you let the infidels contemplate in peace the destruction and looting they have done in the house of the Christian people? Think of how their triumph will be the cause of inconsolable sorrow for all centuries and an eternal shame for the generation that permitted it.

Yes, the living God has charged me with telling you that He will chastise all those who do not defend Him against His enemies. All of you, then, to arms! Let a holy ire animate you to combat, and let these words of the Prophet resound throughout the world: Cursed be he who does not bloody his sword!

If God calls you to defend Him, it is not because His hand has become any less powerful: ... Rather, God looks down at the children of man and wants to offer them the path of mercy; His goodness is giving you the day of forgiveness. He chose you as the instrument of His revenge. He wants to be indebted to you for the destruction of His enemies and the triumph of His justice. Yes, the Omnipotent God calls you to make reparation for your sins by defending His glory and His name.

Christians warriors, these are combats worthy of you, combats that will attract the blessings of earth and Heaven, in which death itself will be for you but another triumph. Illustrious knights, remember the examples of your ancestors who conquered Jerusalem and whose names were inscribed in the Book of Life. Put on the Cross ... which will earn you the conquest of the celestial kingdom.

(História da Cruzadas, Joseph-Francois Michaud, Editora das Américas, vol, 2, book 6, p. 234)

Kathleen said...

When we were sent a Nigerian priest at the very, very rural parish where we have a cabin, because I was intrigued by his piety and orthodoxy I did some research.

I learned that Nigeria and some other areas of Africa have been producing some really good fruit for quite a bit of time -- in spite of having pretty much only the N.O. to nourish them.

Where you see actual Catholicism among the N.O. you without fail see strong traditional devotions to the Eucharist and to the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart. And that seems to be the case in these pockets of Africa. It certainly is with the missionary priest sent to us.

And the blooming of Catholics in Africa has for some time been fed by the blood of martyrs. It makes me ashamed of my fretting over comparatively extremely mild trials here so far. We may be on the road to martyrdom, but over there and in the Middle East and Asia they are living with real martyrdom now and have been dealing with it for some time.

It seemed especially poignant to me also that this parish of descendants of the children of Christendom had to be sent a missionary from Africa because of lack of priests.

This missionary priest from Nigeria is the ONLY N.O. priest that I have ever seen that gives strong, Catholic sermons. And it's not just once in a while, it’s constant. He takes on the hard topics that N.O. priests pretend don't exist. And he came from extremely devout parents that raised a big flock of Catholic children, made sure they were well educated and formed in the faith, and did everything they could to encourage our priest's vocation when the signs of it first appeared when he was a boy.

It makes me think that due to our unfaithfulness after the great blessings we had received in the West that Our Lord may well center any restoration elsewhere.

In any event, we have to pray and sacrifice that Our Lord strengthen the martyrs of Africa and the East, and look for ways to lend them temporal aid.

Anonymous said...

From Helena Anderson - CA:

I received this request from my Canossian Sisters in Rome and India. Please pray.

Thank you, Helena,Dear Brothers and Sisters, we have received an urgent message asking the favor to send it to as many people as possible. Thank you! We received this message from the Provincial Superior of the Franciscan Fathers OFM (Order Friars Minor) of India: "Pray for the Church in India. Some Buddhist extremists in India have burnt 20 churches during last night. This afternoon they plan to destroy another 200 churches in the province of Olisabang. They want to kill 200 missionaries in 24 hours. All Christians are trying to hide themselves in the villages. Please pray for all of them and send this e-mail to all the people you know. Please ask God to have mercy with our brothers and sisters of India. When you receive this message, please send it urgently to other people. Pray to our Omnipotent and Victorious Lord for them. Thank you! Gonzalo Duarte G. SS.CC. Bishop of Valparaiso e-mail sent by Fr. Fermo Diocese of Concordia Pordenone

Kosta63 said...

Perhaps, these events in Nigeria and Orissa,India place into historical context the necessity of events like the Crusades, Lepanto and the Reconquista !

Has anyone noticed that the 'western powers' never lift a finger to protect the body of Christ around the world. They actually enable the persecutors of Christians.

We could use a Christian style Blackwater or Executive Outcomes and simply say, NO MORE !

Yes, we must ALL double up on our prayer and fasting. There's more More power there than armed legions fer sure.

But it's a great idea.
sometimes my Greek/Irish blood just boils.

Konstantin said...

Well, although I would be in favour of liberating our fellow Catholics from the infidels, as long as no Church authority has called for this, thoughts and discussions about this topic remain futile and even dangerous day dreams.