Catholic Priest Kidnapped in Nigeria, Released

Nigeria is considered the country with the most violence against Christians.

Newsroom – Nigeria – Kaduna (February 11, 2022, 11:00 AM, Gaudium Press) The Archdiocese of Kaduna reported this Wednesday, February 9, that the pastor of the church of Ikulu Fari, Father Joseph Shekari, who had been kidnapped, has been released.

How did the kidnapping occur?

At around 11:30 pm (local time) last Sunday, February 6, armed bandits broke into the parish house killing the cook who worked there and kidnapping Father Joseph Shekari.

In its statement, the Archdiocese thanks the faithful for their prayers for the priest’s release. In addition, local priests are invited to celebrate masses for the soul of the murdered man and in thanksgiving for the release of the kidnapped priest.

Violence against Christians

Kaduna State, located in north-central Nigeria, is one of the regions most affected by violence and kidnappings in the country. Just one week earlier, eleven people were killed in an attack on the village of Kurmin Masara.

Nigeria is considered the country with the most violence against Christians. According to data released by the human rights NGO ‘Open Doors’, in January last year, 4,650 Christians were murdered, representing four-fifths of the murders of Christians recorded worldwide because of their Faith. (EPC)

Compiled by Zephania Gangl

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