#EndSARS: Pope Francis Weighs In On Nigeria, Calls For Global Prayers

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  • Pope Lists 13 New Cardinals For Appointment

By Gbenga Abulude (Politics and General Desk)

Pope Francis has called for an urgent prayer for Nigeria in the wake of a crisis exacerbated by the alleged shooting and killing of #EndSARS protesters.

The pontiff said the prayer was needed to prevent every form of violence and enthrone love for one another.

Pope Francis in his tweets on Sunday said what was not expressed in the love of one’s neigbhour was not true love from God.

He said there should be constant search of social harmony through the promotion of justice and the common good of others in Nigeria.

In his words: “What is not expressed in love of neighbour is not true love of God; and, likewise, what is not drawn from one’s relationship with God is not true love of neighbour.

“Let us pray to the Lord for Nigeria, so that every form of violence might always be avoided, in the constant search of social harmony through the promotion of justice and the common good.”

Recall that the nation had been enmeshed In violence, looting, destruction of properties and killing innocent people in the aftermath of #EndSARS protests.

Meanwhile, Pope Francis on Sunday announced the appointment of 13 new cardinals.

The list includes archbishops from the United States, Rwanda and the Philippines.

Nine of the newly appointed cardinal are believed to be under 80
and will have the priviledge to be a partaker of of the next conclave if they do not reach the age limit.

The conclave is the assembly of cardinals for the election of a new pope.

The pontiff during his Sunday Angelus message said the appointments will be formalised in a consistory, a meeting of cardinals, on Saturday, Nov. 28.

The list includes Washington Archbishop Wilton Gregory, Kigali Archbishop Antoine Kambanda who represents one of the most Catholic countries in Africa, and Jose Fuerte Advincula, the Archbishop of Capiz in the Philippines, Asia’s most Catholic country.

The list also includes several Italians, including the head of the Vatican’s sainthood department, Bishop Marcello Semeraro, and the head of the Franciscan convent of Assisi, Fra Mauro Gambetti.

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