St. Louis, Mo., Jul 19, 2022 / 15:45 pm
Following the kidnapping of two Catholic priests in central Nigeria last week, the local diocese announced July 19 that one of the two priests had escaped, while the other was “brutally” killed.
Father John Mark Cheitnum and Father Denatus Cleopas were abducted at around 5:45 p.m. on July 15 at the rectory of Christ the King Catholic Church, in the town of Lere in Nigeria’s northern Kaduna State.
Cleopas escaped with his life, but Cheitnum was “brutally killed” by his abductors on the day of his kidnapping, a letter from the diocese of Kafanchan says. His burial is scheduled for July 21 at the Kafanchan’s Cathedral of St. Peter.
#Nigeria The Diocese of Kafanchan in Nigeria has just announced that Father Donatus Cleophas has managed to escape from his attackers. Unfortunately, Fr. John Mark Cheitnum was killed the same day he was abducted (July 15). Please pray for him and for #christians in Nigeria! pic.twitter.com/MSX9DJfa0k— Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Canada (@acn_canada1) July 19, 2022