Cameroon’s Bamenda Archdiocese to Offer “serious reparation prayers” after Desecrations

Christ the King Parish Fuli Kom in Cameroon's Bamenda Archdiocese. Credit: Christ the King Parish Fuli-Kom/Facebook

Members of the Clergy, Religious and the Laity of Cameroon’s Bamenda Archdiocese have been invited to take part in “serious reparation prayers” following the desecration of two Parish churches in the Archdiocese. 

The Blessed Sacrament was stolen from the Perpetual Adoration Chapel of Njinikom Parish and the tabernacle “completely dug off the Church wall and taken away” from Christ the King Parish Fuli Kom on May 14 and July 8 respectively. 

In a Wednesday, July 14 statement, the Chancellor of Bamenda Archdiocese, Fr. Derek Che Choli calls on “on all the Christians of Njinikom and Fuli Kom Parishes to offer serious reparation prayers to atone for such blasphemies and sacrileges, with their Pastors providing a program for that.”

“We equally call on all the Christians in the Archdiocese to join in prayers so that we can lay our fingers in the issue at hand and know the truth behind these mishaps,” Fr. Choli says in the statement addressed to members of the Clergy ministering in the Cameroonian Archdiocese. 

The Archdiocesan Chancellor says that the call for prayers is informed by the need to act and not let “men of the underworld play with what we hold so dear to our hearts.”


The Cameroonian Priest goes on to describe the double desecration of Parish churches within the Archdiocese’s Njinikom Deanery as “direct insults on the Person of Our Blessed Redeemer; His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.”

In the July 14 statement obtained by ACI Africa, Fr. Choli expresses his appreciation for the “sense of solidarity and concern” from members of the Clergy who made “the conscious effort” to show solidarity with their brother Priests serving in the affected churches.

“No feedback has been gotten” from the May 14 and July 8 acts of desecration, he said.

With the recent events, the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Bamenda says there is need for Priests in the Ecclesiastical See to “be more vigilant in our Parish premises especially in all churches where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved.”

“May the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Ark of the Covenant and the First Tabernacle and St. Joseph, Guardian of the Redeemer, Patron of Our Archdiocese and Principal Patron of the Universal Church intercede for us in this regard,” the Archdiocesan Chancellor implores in his July 14 statement.

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Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.