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Tuesday 8 August 2017

Ozubulu Killings: Pope Francis Prays For Victims, Says He Is Deeply Saddened

After a bloody attack at St. Phillip Catholic Church, Ozubulu, Ekwusigo LGA, Anambra State left 12 worshippers dead and several more wounded, Pope Francis has conveyed his sympathy to the victims and their families, assuring the community of his prayer.

In an August 7 telegram addressed to Bishop Hilary Paul Odili Okeke of Nnewi Diocese, 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 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,” and offered blessings of “consolation and strength” upon the entire diocese.

The telegram, signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, came after gunmen stormed St Philip's Catholic Church in the city of Ozubulu early Sunday morning, killing at least 11 people and wounding 18 more.

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