Anglophone Cameroon: Bishops’ Outrage at Kidnappings

“It was with great shock and utter horror that we, the bishops, learned of the burning down of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Nchang,” said a statement signed by Archbishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya of Bamenda, on behalf of the bishops of the Bamenda ecclesiastical province.

The bishops said no reason has been given for the “unprecedented” and “heinous act against the house of God and the messengers of God.”

“We … 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.” “We insist on this because this act has now crossed the red line, and we must say that ‘enough is enough,’” the statement said.

Bishop Aloysius Fondong Abangalo of Mamfe, who visited the burned church in his diocese, reacted angrily.

“When you burn the house of God, you tell Jesus that you don’t want him in your life,” the bishop said.


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