Owo massacre: How Pope Francis reacted to Catholic Church killings
The head of Catholic Church, Pope Francis has joined millions of people worldwide to react to the Owo massacre on Sunday after unknown gunmen attacked Saint Francis Catholic Church, Owa-Luwa Street in Ondo State, Nigeria killing many worshipers in the Church.
According to many reports, the at Owo which is the hometown of the State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, was reported to have left more than 50 worshipers dead in the Church while worship service was going on.
Many notable Nigerians including the President, Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President, Yomi Osibanjo, Ahmed Bolla Tinubu and other personalities including social media community have condemned the attack in the Church.
Joining to condemn the attack, the head of Catholic Church, Pope Francis in his post on his verified social media described the sad incident as “horrific attack” and “unspeakable violence” and prayed for the families of the affected.
Pope Francis said, he is deeply saddened to learn of the horrific attack at Saint Francis church in Owo, Nigeria. He asked for prayers for all affected families and “for the conversion of those blinded by hatred and violence.
On his post, Pope Francis said: “I was deeply saddened to learn of the horrific attack at Saint Francis church in Owo in Nigeria. Pray Together for all those affected by this act of unspeakable violence and for the conversion of those blinded by hatred and violence.”
I was deeply saddened to learn of the horrific attack at Saint Francis church in Owo in #Nigeria. #PrayTogether for all those affected by this act of unspeakable violence and for the conversion of those blinded by hatred and violence.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) June 6, 2022
Meanwhile, the Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Ondo, Jude Arogundade, disclosed that the attack was sponsored.
The Bishop, who described the attack as evil, decried the spate of insecurity in the country, saying those people at the position of authority must do everything to tackle the menace.
“I am calling on you the leaders of the country. I think we need to talk and we need to be frank with ourselves. This cannot happen without the backing of some powerful people. Those behind this, no matter how powerful they are, must be brought to book,” he said.