Many people may not think about religious repression since it doesn’t happen in the United States. For those who may argue that it does, then it doesn’t happen on the scale and terror of those living in countries with authoritarian regimes.
“A land of infidels” is how Boko Haram’s leader described the Kano state of north-central Nigeria. Last year, an Islamic recording artist received a death sentence there for insulting the Prophet Muhammad.
Ongoing violence in Nigeria pits Muslim cattle herders and Christian farmers in a bloody struggle for agricultural land at Nigeria’s center, said Father Cosmas Nzeabalu and Sister Elizabeth Ogbu, both assigned to the Diocese of Brooklyn.
A dozen states in Nigeria are Muslim- majority, and since 1999 they have all at least partially implemented sharia law.
On a 10-day U.S. tour to raise awareness about life in Muslim-dominated northern Nigeria, Bishop Matthew H. Kukah of Sokoto Diocese, visited Nigerians in Brooklyn to talk about the need for education, solidarity and prayers. The tour was sponsored by Aid to the Church in Need.
As Holy Week and Easter approached, Pope Francis wanted to show his ongoing concern for people persecuted and displaced by violence in Iraq and in northern Nigeria.
By Jonathan Luxmoore OXFORD, England (CNS) – An archbishop in Niger said the church would rebuild after rioters destroyed its places of worship during protests over cartoons mocking depictions of Muhammad by the French satirical newsweekly Charlie Hebdo. “We’re still trying to understand the savagery which erupted here – but it’s certain it was well […]
Underlining the failure of the Nigerian government to stop the violent rampage of Boko Haram, a Catholic bishop has called for Western military intervention.