Libreville, 14 September, 2020 / 11:07 pm (ACI Africa).
The Priest in charge of a parish in Gabon’s Libreville Archdiocese has described the September 12 desecration of the Church in which the man involved made away with the monstrance and the lunette as being “stabbed in the heart.”
“Our Parish has just been stabbed in the heart. It is very serious and we have been hit really hard,” the Parish of Les Rois Mages, Akebe Ville in the Archdiocese of Libreville, Fr. Benedict Dieme says in his Sunday, September 13 statement obtained by ACI Africa.
In the message, the Fr. Benedict who is a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans) narrates the desecration incident saying, “An unidentified young man, drunk or drugged, infiltrated the grotto and broke in two the exposed Blessed Sacrament. Worst still, he took the monstrance and the lunette of the Body of Christ in his bag.”
“All this happened in the presence of a lady and some Christians who were praying and who observed the incident without reporting to us,” Fr. Benedict says and adds, “One of the Church wardens asked the young man to leave the place, without knowing what he had in his bag.”
In the statement, the Parish Priest further reiterates, “It is very serious and we have been hit really hard. We, the priests and nuns of the Parish are outraged and sad, but we are holding on.”