Ondo, 11 April, 2023 / 9:58 pm (ACI Africa).
St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese in Nigeria that was attacked on Pentecost Sunday 2022 resulting in the death of at least 50 worshippers reopened for public worship on Easter Sunday, April 9.
The 5 June 2022 attack involved gunmen who reportedly fired at the Catholic worshippers and detonated explosives. Several media in Nigeria have reported the incident, some indicating that many children were among the dead.
In his homily during the reopening of the Nigerian Catholic Parish that was closed for a period of 43 weeks to allow for the renovation of the church building and for survivors of the attack to receive treatment, the Local Ordinary of Ondo Diocese emphasized the need to rely on the strength of faith in the person of Jesus Christ.
“Let our faith that has remained our strength continue to help us to deal with the issues of life and to overcome all that come against us and the Gospel of Christ,” Bishop Jude Ayodeji Arogundade said on Easter Sunday April 9.
Bishop Ayodeji added, “Our Lord, Jesus Christ was sacrificed for us; this morning we are here with mixed feelings. For about ten months, we couldn’t open the church because of attacks that happened in this church on the 5th of June 2022.”