“Nigeria: Calls for inquiry into religious violence” runs the headline in an article by the Associated Press today.
Hundreds of Christians, including women and children, were killed over the weekend when Muslim herdsmen attacked three mostly Christian towns near the northern Nigerian city of Jos. The attacks are thought to be reprisals for similar clashes between Muslim and Christian groups over control of fertile farmland in the region in January.
But contrary to many news reports, Nigeria’s bishops and the Holy See stress the conflict is more about ethnicity and politics than religion. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi expressed the Holy See’s “concern and horror”...READ MORE