Bishop Urges Nigerian Christians to Defy Ultimatum by Militant Muslims

After a bloody Christmas Day attack on a Catholic church in Madalla that left 35 people dead, Archbishop John Onaiyekan of the Nigerian capital of Abuja is urging the faithful to ignore an ultimatum issued by the militant Muslim group Boko Haram giving Christians three days to vacate the northern part of the country.

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Muslim Extremists in Nigeria Bomb Catholic Cathedral

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

The inauguration of Nigeria’s new Christian president, Goodluck Jonathan, has set off a new wave of violence against Christians by Muslim extremists in northern Nigeria, including a June 7 blast that killed 11 people and caused extensive damage to St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

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