Pope Francis Appeals for Guaranteeing Safety of Nigerians

After Gruesome Terrorist Attacks

Pope Francis Appeals for Guaranteeing Safety of Nigerians
Pope at General Audience in Paul VI - Copyright: Vatican Media
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May the safety of the Nigerian people always be guaranteed…

Pope Francis made this appeal at the conclusion of today’s Sept. 29 General Audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, while expressing his closeness to the victims of the recent attack in northern Nigeria.

“I have heard with pain the news of the armed attacks that took place last Sunday against the villages of Madamai and Abun, in northern Nigeria,” Francis said, stating: “I pray for those who have died, for those who have been injured and for the entire population of Nigeria.”

“I want the country to always guarantee the safety of all citizens,” he appealed.

According to media reports, at least 32 inhabitants of the Kaduna region were killed and dozens have been seriously injured in an alleged bandit attack perpetrated Sunday night. Eight other people died in the same region on Monday in a retaliatory attack.

According to the Nigerian newspaper Daily Post, during the Sunday attack in the two villages, the terrorists destroyed several houses in just over an hour. Sources state majority of the deceased were women and children.

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Editorial Director & Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for EXAUDI (& Prior, for ZENIT); Author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/
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