Vatican City, Dec 2, 2020 / 11:30 am
Pope Francis said Wednesday that he was praying for Nigeria following a massacre of at least 110 farmers in which Islamist militants beheaded an estimated 30 people.
"I want to assure my prayers for Nigeria, where blood has unfortunately been spilled once more in a terrorist massacre," the pope said at the end of his general audience Dec. 2.
"Last Saturday, in the northeast of the country, more than 100 farmers were brutally killed. May God welcome them in His peace and comfort their families, and convert the hearts of those who commit similar atrocities which gravely offend His name."
The Nov. 28 attack in Borno State is the most violent direct attack against civilians in Nigeria this year, according to Edward Kallon, the United Nations' Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria.