Kumba, 10 October, 2022 / 9:39 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Bishop of Cameroon’s Kumba Diocese is calling on the people of God in the Central African nation “to pray in solidarity” for the release of the five Catholic Priests, a Catholic Nun, and three others who were abducted from a Parish of Mamfe Diocese last month.
In a Sunday, October 9 letter addressed to Vicars General in Cameroon, Bishop Agapitus Enuyehnyoh Nfon calls upon Priests in Cameroon to offer Holy Mass for the intention of the “safe and sound” release of the nine.
On September 16, gunmen attacked St. Mary's Catholic Nchang Parish of Cameroon’s Mamfe Diocese. They torched building in the Parish and kidnapped Fr. Elias Okorie, Fr. Barnabas Ashu, Fr. Cornelius Jingwa, Fr. Job Francis Nwobegu, Fr. Emmanuel Asaba, Sr. Jacinta C. Udeagha, Mr. Nkem Patrick Osang (Assisting Catechist), Ms. Blanche Bright, and Mme. Kelechukwu.
In his October 9 letter shared with ACI Africa, Bishop Nfon says that since the kidnapping of the nine on September 16, “the clergy and laity of the Diocese of Mamfe in particular, and the Ecclesiastical Province of Bamenda, have been praying for their release.”
“Up to the time of this appeal, they are yet to be released,” the Local Ordinary of Kumba Diocese who doubles as the President of the Episcopal Commission for Seminaries and Clergy of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (NECC) says.