Christians Urged to Pray for Peace in Nigeria

ICC Note:

In response to Pope Francis calling on Christians to pray for peace in Syria, a priest in Nigeria has called on Christians living in the West African country to apply this practice to their country as well. Christians have faced intense persecution at the hands of Islamic extremists operating in Nigeria's northern states. Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group attempting to carve out a separate Islamic state, has targeted Christians for church bombings and drive-by shootings aimed at terrorizing Christians living in the north. Please join these persecuted Christians in praying for peace.

9/13/2013 Nigeria (AllAfrica) - The Parish Priest of St John Mary Vianney Quasi, Kubwa, Fr. Sebastian Musa has called on his parishioners and all christians in Nigeria to continue to pray for peace in the country and the world in general.

In a sermon yesterday in Abuja, he noted the call by Pope Francis for all Christians to pray for peace to reign in Syria and told Christians across the country to use the opportunity to also pray for Nigeria as well as every other country experiencing crises and wars.

"The Pope led about 10,000 people who filled St. Peter's Square for a 4- hour Syria peace vigil late Saturday. The Pope has called for a grassroot prayer for peace in Syria. He spent most of the vigil in silent prayer," he said.

The cleric stressed that many families were experiencing situations akin to war as they were not communicating among themselves and urged the faithful to become instruments of peace in their families, offices and business places.

He said many christians were faced with challenges posed by people who constituted themselves as obstacles to the practising of their faith and worshipping their God, and told the faithful to remain resolute in their faith in God and in their position as followers of Christ.

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