Abuja, Nigeria, May 16, 2018 / 16:09 pm
Nigeria's Catholic bishops have called on each of the nation's dioceses to organize peaceful processions May 22 in solidarity with the funeral for two priests and 17 others killed in an attack by Fulani herdsmen on a parish church.
The herdsmen stormed a daily Mass at Saint Ignatius Church on the morning of April 24, killing Fathers Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha, along with others in the congregation.
Last Sunday's Mass announcements throughout Nigeria encouraged Catholics and all "men and women of goodwill" to join in these upcoming rosary processions and prayer rallies around the country.
The state governor of Benue, where the attack took place, has also declared May 22 as a work holiday to honor those who died, according to Nigeria's PM News.