“Just 24 hours after his kidnapping, our beloved brother priest was released by his kidnappers,” affirms the chancellor of Kafanchan Diocese.
Nigeria – Kafanchan (16/09/2021 09:55, Gaudium Press) – The chancellor of the Diocese of Kafanchan, Father Emmanuel Uchechukwu, announced the release of the Nigerian priest kidnapped last Monday, 13, at his parish residence in Kaduna state.
“With hearts full of joy, we raise our voices in a symphony of praise as we announce the return of our Reverend Father Benson Bulus Luka. Just 24 hours after his kidnapping, our beloved brother priest has been released by his kidnappers,” Uchechukwu said.
Prayer for the release of other victims
Father Uchechukwu took the opportunity to thank the faithful who prayed for the release of the kidnapped priest. “We want to thank all those who offered prayers and supplications for the quick release of our brother priest and other people who are still in the power of the kidnappers,” he said.
The chancellor of the Diocese of Kafanchan encouraged priests to celebrate masses of thanksgiving following the release of Father Luka. He urged prayers “to hasten the release of those who are still in the hands of their captors. May Our Lady of Guadalupe intercede for us and for all those who are still in captivity,” concluded.
Nigerian Catholic Bishops decry the increase of violence in the country
In a statement dated August 26, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria condemned the increase in kidnappings, killings and destruction of property. “Deaths at the hands of kidnappers, murderous herdsmen, bandits and terrorist groups have made Nigeria one of the most terrorized countries in the world,” they emphasized.
The country’s prelates called on the federal government to “show more strategic commitment and sincerity in this struggle and take full responsibility for the current culture of violence and impunity in the country.” (EPC)
Compiled by Gustavo Kralj