Bishops join Cameroon in prayer after school attack

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Bishop Declan Lang, Chair of the Bishops’ Conference department for international affairs, has joined with Cameroonian diocese of Kumba in praying for the children who were killed when a Christian school in the region was attacked last weekend. He was also joined by Bishop Philip Egan, whose diocese is twinned with the neighbouring diocese of Bamenda in Cameroon.

The Bishop of Kumba Agapitus Nfon, whose people have suffered years of conflict between government forces and rebel groups, held a special Mass in his Cathedral on Friday 30 October. Bishop Declan and Bishop Philip said:

“Today we are joining with the Diocese of Kumba in prayer for all those children who were killed or wounded in the horrific attack on Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy. We echo Pope Francis’ call for all those involved in Cameroon’s conflict to silence their weapons and urge the international community to redouble its efforts towards justice and peace in the country.”

Pope Francis spoke about the massacre in his weekly audience on Wednesday and prayed that “the country may finally find peace.”