The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), has called on all Catholics and indeed, all Christians to a 40 days prayers against the incessant killings of innocent Nigerians in different parts of the country. According to the message sent out through the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), the Bishops have asked that from Saturday, August 22, 2020 to Wednesday, September 30, 2020, all Catholics should pray One ‘Our Father’, Three ‘Hail Marys’, and One ‘Glory be to the Father’ immediately after the ‘Angelus’ prayer which is usually said at 6am, 12noon and 6pm, while on Thursday, 1st October, 5 decades of the Rosary should be prayed at noon.
This call for prayers has become necessary as there is the need to continue to seek the face of God in the face of the rising spate of killings of innocent Nigerians, especially in northern Nigeria, with Southern Kaduna as a hotbed. This is not the first time the Catholic bishops have called for such mass prayers from Nigerians and indeed, the whole world. Recall that on Sunday, 2nd March 2020, thousands of Catholics including bishops, priests and reverend sisters from across the nation gathered at the National Ecumenical Center in Abuja from where they held a peaceful prayerful protest march to the Our Lady Queen of Nigeria, Pro-Cathedral, Area 3, Garki, praying for peace in the country.
The word of God assures that if we call on God in the day of distress, he will hear us and save us (Psalm 50:15). Thus, in response to this noble call, may all Catholics, and indeed, all Christians join faith in prayer for God’s intervention in our nation.
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Rev. Fr. Sylvanus Ameh