The Catholic Diocese of Nnewi, Anambra, has released a statement describing Sunday’s attack on worshippers at St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu, by a gunman as regrettable.
At least one gunman had attacked the church on Sunday morning killing about 12 person while numerous others sustained various degrees of injury.
In a statement signed by the diocese Director of Communication, Rev. Hygi Aghaulor, the church said that the Parish Priest, Rev Fr. Jude Onwuaso escaped unhurt.
The statement said, “It is regrettable that our people are more and more losing a sense of what is sacred.
“What on earth would make people open fire on innocent unarmed worshippers including children and women on a Sunday morning?
“We condemn this ungodly act in its totality; we pray Almighty God to console the families affected and assure them that our hearts are with them as we pray for the quick recovery of the wounded.
“For the entire parishioners, we call on them not to be discouraged in their usual practice of faith.
“It is when the forces of darkness attempt to overshadow goodness that the light of God shines even brighter than ever just as it happened on Easter Sunday.
“Evil may make attempts but God and goodness will always triumph; we call on the good people to continue to pray for the deceased worshippers and their families.”