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Pope Benedict prays for peace in Nigeria

By SAM OTTI

Pope Benedict XVI yesterday prayed for the return of peace in Mali and harmony in Nigeria, where, he said savage acts of terrorism continue to reap victims, particularly among Christians. This intercessory prayer by the Supreme Pontiff came on the heels of heightened tensions over alleged plots by terrorists to launch fresh attacks in Kano State on Christmas Day.

Security operatives in the area had raised the alarm of insidious plots by suspected terrorist groups to bath the city with blood during the yuletide. A high sense of foreboding prevailed in other states of the North, following attacks on worshippers that resulted to scores of deaths. Major roads in Bauchi State were reportedly barricaded to avert danger. Delivering the Vatican’s traditional Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, the 85-year-old Pontiff wished Christmas peace to the world, decrying the slaughter of the defenseless in Syria and urging Israelis and Palestinians to find the courage to negotiate.

The Pope read his Christmas message and then holiday greetings in 65 languages. In his ‘Urbi et Orbi’ speech, which traditionally reviewed world events and global challenges, Benedict prayed that “peace spring up for the people of Syria, deeply wounded and divided by a conflict that does not spare even the defenseless and reaps innocent victims.”

called for easier access to help refugees and for “dialogue in the pursuit of a political solution to the conflict.” He prayed that God “grant Israelis and Palestinians courage to end long years of conflict and division, and to embark resolutely on the path to negotiation.”

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11 Comments

  1. Anaele justin December 26, 2012 at 1:08 am

    God wil hear ur prayer in jesus name

  2. Nowayo December 26, 2012 at 3:07 am

    Amen and amen. But we should remenber that, ‘ever from time of John de Baptist till now, the kingdom of God suffereth violence, and only the violent taketh it by force”. Flashback to Zamani Lekwot in kaduna ”in diebus eis” – a good signal. If they kill in christmas, christians should kill double in Idel kabir or fetir or malude. No religion should be sacrificed on the alter of the other. Sometimes violence quickly ends violence. It is all about the identity of the president. Make Buhari president tommorrow, boko haram will fiscle away. Who is fooling who?.

  3. Ugo December 26, 2012 at 3:45 am

    High time Christian should start praying with one eye open and also holding a defence weapon with one hand while in the church. I may not call for outright retaliatory attack on innocent muslems because of the minority religious bigots. All churches in the Northan Nigeria must be on red alert at every gathering to avoid been taken unaware and slutered like goats. we must not give the devil anymore oppotunity to rejoice over us.

  4. Steve December 26, 2012 at 4:34 am

    Amen and Amen! We must win this battle. God has heard al the Prayers and will always fulfil His promise.

  5. Chinedu December 26, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Amen

  6. Nonso December 26, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Pope u prayed well and i also prayed along wit u and i know dat GOD wil answer d prayers of his children AMEN.

  7. sankara December 26, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    amen

  8. BONNY December 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    The voice of man is the voice of God,May it be as our father had prayed AMEN

  9. Okobia Michael December 26, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Islam is a curse to the world, it only breed violence, barbarism. Cotailment of freedom, enthronment of a set of stone age laws called sharia law, look at the whole world and show me which Islamic country that is truly democratic, modern, progressive, liberty for women, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Algeria, Bangladesh, Syria, Saudi, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, northern Mali. Its all the same story of backwardness, its a religion of primitive people who live in darkness, its emblem is the thiny crescent moom, not even the full moom, not to talk of the sun, hence they are perpetually in darkness!

  10. Apostle Azor CJ Ubagod December 26, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I wrote it before,and i wii still write it .Is high time Christians retaliated or they will be wiped out like animals.

  11. Ozib December 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Amen.

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