Fr Ferdinand “was shot in the head as he tried to take cover after sighting armed gunmen.”
“We remain concerned whether the Biden administration is still committed to putting religious freedom as a central principle in the United States’ foreign policy priorities.”
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“How can there be sustainable development in a country whose security architecture has collapsed?”
“We need to see Jesus. That is the only way we can start walking back from the path of destruction on which we have all stepped.”
According to local sources, the kidnappers fired in the air to frighten passers-by and took the priest from his car, leaving it on the road.
The Christian leaders say that they “totally agree” with the Vatican’s stand that what is to be blessed needs to be “objectively and positively ordered to receive and express grace, according to the designs of God inscribed in creation, and fully revealed by Christ the Lord.”
Fifty-seven percent of US Catholics believe that the persecution of Christians around the world is “very severe.”
The Bishops also express their solidarity with Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese whose criticism of the Nigerian government attracted controversy, with some quarters accusing him of “very serious crimes.”