Friday, December 30, 2011

Madalla, Nigeria : Bishop cancels New Year night mass

The Catholic Bishop of Minna Diocese, Most Rev. Martin Igwe Uzoukwu, yesterday at a press conference organised by the Director of Social Communications of the Catholic Diocese of Minna in St. Theresa's Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State, revealed that members of the church have developed fear and consequently deserted church activities. Uzoukwu also informed that the traditional New Year night mass which usually holds at 12 mid-night has been cancelled. In its place, parishioners would congregate on Saturday, December 31, between 4-6pm for mass in order to avoid the ugly incidence of the last Christmas Day bombing. When asked to confirm the death toll arising from the deadly blast, Rev. Uzoukwu said: I cannot count. I cannot. How can I count dead bodies who have been dismembered by bomb? You see one leg here, you see another there.

I wasn't in my right frame of my mind to count. It is not even possible to count. I do not have the figure of those who lost their lives to the last Xmas day bombing. I do not have the figure. I do not. The Catholic Bishop of Minna, battled tears to narrate the extent of damage done to the Christian community by the deadly Islamic sect, Boko Haram in the early hours of the last Xmas day. His moving words threw the church members who had gathered to welcome the Bishop into their midst and attend the press conference into a temporary fit of mourning.


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