Ondo, 06 December, 2023 / 9:03 pm (ACI Africa).
Survivors of the 2022 Pentecost Sunday attack on St Francis Xavier’s Church in Nigeria’s Ondo Diocese that left 41 Christians dead, and more than 80 injured are the recipients of the first ever “Courage to be a Christian” award.
Catholic pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, launched the ward to commemorate the bombing victims who, the foundation says, demonstrated fortitude and faith “in the face of persecution.”
According to a Tuesday, December 5 ACN report, two survivors of the attack travelled to London to receive the award on behalf of the rest, in a ceremony that was commemorated at St George’s Cathedral.
Margaret and Dominic Attah were both in St Francis Xavier’s Church on the day of the attack. According to ACN, Margaret lost both her legs in the attack.
Dominic recounted the Pentecost Sunday massacre during an event held in Parliament, on November 22, saying, “Just as Mass was finishing, we heard the first gunshots. The bandits soon realized that their guns couldn’t kill people quickly enough, so they lit dynamite and threw that into the crowd.”