The release of the nine abductees came days after a video emerged on social media asking Bishop Abangalo to secure their release.
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Archbishop Nkea of Cameroon’s Bamenda Archdiocese says the abductors “see the Church as a soft target to be able to make money.”
After opening the tabernacle, the prelate genuflects and proceeds to remove the ciborium containing the consecrated Hosts from the tabernacle.
The bishops said that the Catholic Church has increasingly been targeted by attackers.
“I feel the pains of the family of the late Carolaise and those who have lost their loved ones in similar circumstances,” Bishop Bibi said.
In his Aug. 30 statement, Father Sinju lamented attacks on the Catholic Church and appealed for an end to the conflict.
The 90-year-old archbishop emeritus of Douala had been traveling with 12 other people from Bamenda to Kumbo on Nov. 5 when they were intercepted by gunmen belonging to separatist militias.
Across Africa, the Church’s clergy, religious and lay leaders are on the front lines of ethnic and religious conflict, even at the risk of their own lives, to build lasting peace.