- Pope Francis has written to Anambra to condole with the catholic church over the recent church attack
- The Pope said he was deeply saddened to hear of the killings
- He sent his heartfelt condolence to the Diocese of Nnewi
Pope Francis has written to condole with the people of Anambra over a recent bloody attack that led to the death of several people at St.Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu.
In a telegram addressed to Bishop Hilary Paul Odili Okeke of Nnewi, Pope Francis said he was “deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and injury following the violent attack in Saint Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu.”
The Catholic News Agency reports that the Pope extended his “heartfelt condolences to you and to all the faithful of the Diocese of Nnewi, in particular the families of the deceased and all those affected by this tragedy."
He also offered blessings of “consolation and strength” upon the entire diocese.
Meanwhile, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state has said two persons from Ozubulu who are known drug barons in South Africa are the prime suspects of the attack on St Philips Catholic church in Ozubulu.
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The governor made the statement on Sunday, August 6, shortly after he visited the scene of the attack in Ekwusigo local government area of the state, Channels TV reports.
Obiano who described the attack as a sacrilege said the briefing he received from the police had revealed that the shooting was a reprisal attack by the drug barons who traced their victim to the church. He dismissed reports that the incident was a church invasion.
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