Pope Francis has condemned the Saturday’s killing of 43 rice farm workers by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State.
During his weekly general audience on Wednesday, he said, “I want to assure my prayers for Nigeria, where blood has unfortunately been spilled once more in a terrorist attack.”
The Pope said the citizens were “brutally killed” by the terrorists.
He said, “May God welcome them in his peace and comfort their families, and convert the hearts of those who commit similar atrocities, which gravely offend his name.”
The Pope also remembered the death of four missionaries who were kidnapped, raped, and killed by a paramilitary group in El Salvador during the civil war 40 years ago.
He said, “With evangelical dedication, and running great risks, they were bringing food and medication to the displaced and were helping poorer families. These women lived their faith with great generosity. They are an example for everyone to become faithful missionary disciples.”