Catholic Diocese of Ondo State Reacts to Owo Sunday Mass Senseless Killing, Commiserates with Families of the Departed

The Catholic Diocese of Ondo state, has swiftly released a public statement, to give first hand information about what actually happened at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, today, being Sunday, June 5, 2022, to avoid further dissemination of fake news.

 

The statement dated June 5, 2022 addressed to the public, revealed that, “It is Pentecost Sunday when every Catholic is expected to be in Church to commemorate the Solemnity. It is so sad to say that while the Holy Mass was going on, unknown Gunmen attacked St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State. Leaving many feared dead and many others injured, and the Church violated.”

 

While commiserating with “families of those whose lives were lost to this distressing incident”, the statement also confirmed that, “all the Priests and Bishop in the parish are safe and non was kidnapped as the social media has it.”

The Church appealed to Nigerians to pray for peace and normalcy to return to the community, the state and the entire country.

 

The public statement, signed by Rev. Fr. Augustine IKWU, the Director of Social Communications of the Church reads:


ATTACK ON ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC CHURCH, OWO, ONDO STATE NIGERIA

 

It is Pentecost Sunday when every Catholic is expected to be in Church to commemorate the Solemnity. It is so sad to say that while the Holy Mass was going on, unknown Gunmen attacked St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State. Leaving many feared dead and many others injured and the Church violated.

 

The identity of the perpetrators remains unknow while the situation has left the community devastated.

 

However, for now, security agencies have been deployed to the community to relatively handle the situation.

 

At this point in the history of our dear country Nigeria, we need God’s ultimate intervention to restore peace and tranquillity.

 

Meanwhile, all the Priests and Bishop in the parish are safe and non was kidnapped as the social media has it.

 

Nonetheless, let us continue to pray for them and the good people of Owo and the state at large.

 

We turn to God to console the families of those whose lives were lost to this distressing incident, and we pray for the departed souls to rest in peace. Amen.

 

The Bishop appeals that we remain calm, be law abiding and pray for peace and normalcy to return to our community, state and country.

 

Signed:

Rev. Fr. Augustine IK WU

Director, Social Communications

June 5, 2022

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