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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Benedict XVI Calls for Immediate Cessation of Violence in Nigeria
Rome, Jun 20.- Pope Benedict XVI called for the cessation of violence against Christians in Nigeria and called for building a peaceful and reconciled society in the African country ravaged by several terrorist attacks.
"I follow with deep concern the news coming from Nigeria, where terrorist attacks against faithful Christians continue", said the Pontiff.
"So, while I pray for the victims, I call for the perpetrators of violence to immediately cease the bloodshed of so many innocent people", he said before thousands of believers gathered in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall.
Last Sunday in Nigeria, about 45 people were killed and 150 injured in suicidal attacks by the Islamic extremist organization Boko Haram against three churches in the cities of Kaduna and Zaria, which brought about heavy fighting and reprisals between Christians and Muslims.
Given the tense situation in the African state, the Pope demanded to avoid revenge and called for cooperation of all citizens of that country to build a peaceful and reconciled society, in which the right to practice people's own faith is fully protected. (Prensa Latina).