Nairobi, 06 February, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has paid tribute to Christians all over the world who were killed because of their faith, noting that most martyrs of 2022 came from Africa.
ACN conducted a series of vigils across various towns in France between January 21 and 27 during which names of Christians who died because of their faith were mentioned, including Catholic Priests who were murdered in Nigeria by Islamists.
“Africa is the continent which has the largest number of martyrs, with four priests killed in Nigeria alone, two in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as well as one nun,” ACN says in the February 3 report.
The foundation adds, “The Americas follow closely behind in this sad ranking, with notably three priests and one seminarian murdered in Mexico.”
The prayer vigils which ACN christened “Nights of Witnesses” took place in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Lyon, Nice, Lille, and Paris, and brought together thousands of participants. Portraits of 13 Priests and three Nuns killed because of their faith in 2022 were also displayed.