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Pope calls for end to ‘terrorist attacks’ on Christians in Nigeria

At general audience, the Holy Father appealed 'to those responsible for the violence to immediately 'stop the spilling of blood of many innocents.'

Pope Benedict XVI has called for ‘terrorist attacks’ on Christians in Nigeria to end. The Holy Father made the remarks during his general audience this morning.

Recent violence against Christians in Nigeria has been part of a wide spread movement of aggression from the radical Islamic Boko Haram sect. The rapid spread of violence has led to attacks on Churches and even Government buildings, leaving the country in a state of fear.

At least 40 people had been killed in clashes between both Christian and Muslim residents in the city of Kaduna on Tuesday. These attacks seemed to be in response to the suspected Islamist bombings of three Churches, according to figures from officials of Nigeria’s Red Cross.

Pope Benedict responded to these attacks on Christians by telling today’s general audience crowd of 8000 that he appealed ‘to those responsible for the violence to immediately stop the spilling of blood of many innocents.’

He also added that all the people of Nigeria should shy away from ‘the path of vendetta’ and work towards ‘the construction of a peaceful and reconciled society in which the right to freely express faith is guaranteed.’

The Muslim extremists had previously expressed their intention to create an Islamic State in the North of Nigeria.

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