In response to what he called a sacrilegious act that occurred in St. Kevin's Catholic Church in Gidan Dare, Sokoto State, the Catholic Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese, Dr. Matthew Kukah, has requested prayers of atonement and restitution.
Kukah remembered what happened in Sokoto town after Deborah Yakubu was killed for allegedly blaspheming; Muslim demonstrators broke into the church's property, desecrated the Sacred Species in the Chapel of Perpetual Adoration, the altar, and the main church, and destroyed other assets.
A summons for prayers of atonement and reparation was issued by the bishop, and it said that the prayers would begin on July 18 and go until July 24, 2022.
He believed that the spiritual practice was essential to pleading with God for forgiveness for the parishioners and the entire diocese.
In his own words, "It has become imperative for us in the diocese to perform an act of reparation in response to this sacrilegious act carried out at St. Kevin's Church, seeking for God's mercy on the faithful of the parish and those of the entire diocese and forgiveness of the perpetrators of the heinous act."
The cleric advised everyone to maintain their composure while urging those who were worried to fast and pray, and expressed hope that the church will "overcome this tough phase." According to Vanguard report.
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