Rome Newsroom, Feb 25, 2021 / 09:01 am
Catholics living in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province have lived an "experience of the cross" amid the escalation of terrorist violence over the past three years, according to their former bishop.
An Islamic militant insurgency has launched hundreds of attacks in the northern province, killing more than 2,000 people since October 2017. Violence peaked in 2020 with beheadings, kidnappings, and attacks on churches.
Brazilian Bishop Luiz Fernando Lisboa served as a missionary in Mozambique for nearly 20 years with six and a half years as the bishop of the Pemba diocese in Cabo Delgado. He was recently appointed to lead a diocese in Brazil after living through three years of war in his diocese.
"It was an extremely searing experience, an experience of the cross, an experience of suffering," Lisboa said in an interview with Aid to the Church in Need published on Feb. 25.