Friday, February 15, 2019

Anglican Archbishop Urges Prayer After Nigerian Priest Murdered, Family Still Held Captive

From Nigeria-

The Archbishop of Canterbury has issued a statement of condolence to the family of a Nigerian priest who was murdered in Nigeria last week. Anthony Idris Jata’u, a priest in the Nigerian Diocese of Sokoto, was kidnapped along with his family last Thursday by a group of unknown militants. Tragically, his body was discovered Saturday on the side of a road.

Archbishop Justin Welby, the worldwide head of the Anglican Church, told the Anglican Communion News Service he was “deeply distressed and saddened” by the news.

“My prayers and those of the whole community at Lambeth Palace are with the family of the Reverend Anthony Idris Jata’u, who grieve even as they continue to be held in captivity and great danger,” Archbishop Welby said. “May God draw near them in comfort, and bring the freedom and justice that are so urgently needed.”

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