Burkina Faso - Armed Group Massacre 24 People including Catholic catechist

This is a brief news update with information that we have received from our local partners regarding the attack in Pansi in Yagha province (Burkina Faso). The news reports have been quite confusing with some incorrect information being published however, we can confirm the following:

On Sunday, February 16th, around 6 am, a big number of armed individuals (around 30 people) burst into Pansi, surrounded the village and began to search house after house, taking money and clothes.

After that, they grouped the men in lots of 10 and made them lie down on the floor. In an attempt to survive, some of them began to run. This limited the number of those killed to 24, including one Catholic catechist.

ACN expresses great sadness at the murder of Nigerian seminarian Michael Nnadi

Great sadness and dismay was expressed by the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN International) at the murder of the 18-year-old Nigerian seminarian, Michael Nnadi on Saturday. He had been abducted by unidentified assailants, along with three other seminarians, on 8 January this year from the Good Shepherd Seminary in Kaduna in northern Nigeria. Whereas his three fellow students were all eventually able to regain their freedom, Michael Nnadi was sadly found dead on Saturday.

Michael Nnadi

Michael Nnadi was a young and gifted seminarian who played the keyboard at Mass. He was murdered on Saturday 1st of February 2020 after being kidnapped from the Good Shepherd Seminary in Kaduna in northern Nigeria. Copyright: Aid to the Church in Need.

“With a very heavy heart, I wish to inform you that our dear son, Michael was murdered by the bandits on a date we cannot confirm. He and the wife of a doctor were arbitrarily separated from the group and killed. The Rector identified the corpse this afternoon,” Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto, Nigeria, said in a statement released on Feb. 1. According to local media, the other murdered person was the wife of a doctor living in Kaduna. She had also been abducted, along with her two children, by armed men on 24 January this year.

Justice and freedom at last

Christians across Pakistan are rejoicing after a court yesterday (Wednesday, 29th January) acquitted 40 men jailed for alleged involvement in the lynching of two people in a district outside Lahore.

The 40 individuals, almost all of them Christians, shouted “Alleluia, Praise God” as the anti-terrorism court in Lahore ordered their release after nearly five years in custody.

More than 40 others, on bail after being accused of lesser offences that took place at about the same time in Youhanabad district, were also acquitted.

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Fr. Emmanuel Yousaf (Mani), Director of NCJP, ‘National (Catholic) Commission for Justice and Peace in Pakista.
Photographer: Ursula Walach
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Archbishop Samir Nassar: “Syria – “living an anticipated Lenten fast”

by Maria Lozano

According to Maronite Archbishop Samir Nassar of Damascus, the continuity of the humanitarian aid projects within the country is in danger

The economic situation in Syria is growing worse. “The present crisis, which is different from what we experienced during the days of the war, has compelled the people to live a sort of anticipated Lenten fast. Simply managing to put food on the table has become a daily nightmare.” So says Archbishop Samir Nassar in a message to the headquarters of the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN International).

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Generosity of the Youth

by Laura Cain

When an Aid to the Church in Need staff member recently processed a donation and read the message attached to the donation they were touched enough by the young benefactor’s thoughtfulness and selflessness to share the donor's story with the whole office.

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