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Catholic Bishops in Cameroon Condole with Presbyterians Following Recent Church Attack

Bishop Abraham Kome, President of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon. Credit. NECC

Following the attack on a Presbyterian Church in Cameroon’s Northwestern region last weekend, Catholic Bishops in the Central African nation have expressed their solidarity with victims of the attack that left one worshiper dead and others injured, including a Pastor.

On Sunday, August 22, gunmen attacked the Presbyterian Church Ntanfoang in Bali during church service killing one female worshiper and injuring others, among them, the Pastor.

“The National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (NECC) expresses deep sadness following the armed attacks perpetrated in a Sister Church in Bali on Sunday 22 August, which resulted in the death of a Christian woman and the hospitalization of other faithful, including a pastor who was shot,” Catholic Bishops in Cameroon say in a statement issued Wednesday, August 25.

NECC members add, “On Monday 23 August, other acts of violence were recorded in ElakOku where houses were burnt down and properties destroyed.”

“We Strongly condemn these barbaric and desecrating acts and extend our spiritual and emotional closeness to the various victims,” the Catholic Bishops say in the statement shared with ACI Africa on August 26.

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Cases of violence, kidnappings and killings are reportedly on the rise in Cameroon's troubled English-Speaking regions.

On August 20, a seven-year-old pupil at St. Theresa’s Catholic Primary School in Cameroon’s Kumbo Diocese was killed by a stray bullet during a crossfire between Cameroonian military and militants near the learning institution.

Last week, Catholic Bishops in Cameroon’s Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province renewed their appeal for an end to the protracted conflict in the country’s Anglophone regions.

In a statement issued August 22, members of the Bamenda Provincial Episcopal Conference (BAPEC) regretted that “there is yet a lot of violence, insecurity, kidnappings, torture, and senseless killings, sometimes of innocent people and children” and urged all warring parties to stop the ongoing violence.

They appealed to all armed factions “to stop violence with immediate effect and work towards a more pacific resolution of this conflict.”

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In their August 25 collective statement signed by NECC President, Bishop Abraham Kome, the Catholic Bishops in Cameroon “invite Cameroonians not to give in to violence and become familiar with this devastating crisis in the North-West and South-West Regions.”

“We urge Catholic Christians and people of goodwill to pray and work for peace among brothers (and sisters),” they say.