The leadership of the peace and charity foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), has expressed concern over the increased kidnapping of the Catholic Clergy in Cameroon, saying that the situation is terribly impacting the Church, which is working hard to restore peace in the Central African country.
The Vicar General of Cameroon’s Mamfe Diocese, Mgsr. Julius Agbortoko Abbor, who was kidnapped in the country’s Anglophone region Sunday, August 29 has been freed.
The Vicar General of Cameroon’s Mamfe Diocese has reportedly been abducted by separatist fighters operating in the Central African country’s troubled English-Speaking regions.
A Cameroonian Catholic Priest has, in a statement, decried violence against members of the Clergy in the Central African country that is reeling under the Anglophone crisis.
Fr. Christopher Eboka, the Cameroonian Catholic Priest who had been abducted on May 22 and later released, has told ACI Africa that the chances he had to celebrate Holy Mass while in captivity were his sources of joy.
The Cameroonian Catholic Priest who has secured his freedom after 10 days of captivity says he is “hale and hearty.”
Catholic Priests ministering in Cameroon’s Mamfe Diocese are set to offer Holy Mass for the quick and safe release of their colleague who was kidnapped at the end of last week.
At the Eucharistic celebration organized for the canonical possession of the Metropolitan See of Bamenda in Cameroon’s troubled North West region, the new Archbishop of Bamenda, Andrew Nkea Fuanya used the occasion to remind guests present of his mission of serving the people of God entrusted to him and not a politician interested in particular persons or groups.
In the Central African country of Cameroon where the Anglophone crisis has affected livelihoods and the functioning of institutions, a Bishop recently took an informed decision to suspend priestly apostolate in some parishes, withdrawing priests who have been targeted in cases of kidnappings and harassment.
The protracted Anglophone crisis in Cameroon has taken a heavy toll on the pastoral activities of the local churches, particularly Mamfe diocese, where the Bishop has had to take the painful decision of closing down over a dozen parishes, he has told ACI Africa.
In the footsteps of Saint John Paul II who called for a year dedicated to the Virgin Mary in 1987, Mamfe diocese in the southwest region of Cameroon recently launched a Marian Year for Peace to give Christians the opportunity to give special honor to Our Lady, seeking her maternal intercession for peace to return in the Anglophone regions faced with a three-year conflict.