Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 18, 2022 / 13:10 pm
Gunmen set a Catholic church on fire and kidnapped five priests, one religious sister, and two lay people in western Cameroon, where a civil war has been raging since 2017.
The Catholic bishops of the Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province released a statement following the Sept. 16 attack on St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nchang, Mamfe Diocese.
“It was with great shock and utter horror that we, the bishops (of the BAPEC) learned of the burning down of the St. Mary's Catholic Church, Nchang ... and the kidnapping of five priests, one religious sister, and two lay faithful by unknown gunmen,” the statement said.
The bishops said they “strongly condemn all these attacks against the Church and her Ministers and we appeal to those who have taken the priests, the nun, and the Christians in Nchang to release them without further delay.”