Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome, head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State, has expressed sadness over the attack on St Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State, southwestern Nigeria, which left many dead and others injured.
“I was deeply saddened to learn of the horrific attack at Saint Francis church in Owo in #Nigeria,” he wrote on Twitter on Monday.
He also invited the world to pray for those affected by the attack and to pray for perpetrators.
“#PrayTogether for all those affected by this act of unspeakable violence and for the conversion of those blinded by hatred and violence.”
According to the Vaticannews, in a message, signed by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin and addressed to Bishop Jude Arogundade of Ondo, the Pope assured those affected by “this act of unspeakable violence” of his spiritual closeness.
He also prayed for the divine blessings of comfort and strength on the Bishop and faithful of the diocese as they “continue to live the Gospel message with fidelity and courage.”