ONDO DIOCESE MOURNS THE LOSS OF PARISHIONERS ON PENTECOST DAY

By Rev. Fr. Anthony Adetayo

On the Day of Pentecost the Christian Church celebrates the gift of God’s Holy Spirit given to God’s holy people. Pentecost is also the Greek name for the Jewish Feast of Weeks, celebrated 50 days after Passover. On this feast, the first fruits of the wheat harvest were presented, and the covenant made with God at Mount Sinai was remembered and renewed. For the Christians, it is always an outpouring of God’s Spirit again on the Church which gives life to the Church’s ministry in the world.

Unfortunately, the story is not all ‘smile’ for the Catholic Diocese of Ondo, the Priests and Parishioners of St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State, as unknown gun men entered the Church just as the Mass was about ending and opened fire on innocent parishioners. They also made use of some explosives. A lot of parishioners scattered in attempt to rescue their life but even with that, many lost their lives and many were terribly injured.

The unknown gun men fled the Church immediately and are still being tracked by the police force. The injured people have since been rushed to different hospitals.

Joining them in prayers is very important at this moment for restoration and consolation.

Update on this shall be given as things unfold.

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