BREAKING: Catholic priest burned to death in Nigeria


Father Isaac Achi, a Nigerian Catholic priest, was murdered in Niger State on Jan. 15, 2023. / Diocese of Minna

Rome Newsroom, Jan 15, 2023 / 07:02 am (CNA).

A Catholic priest burned to death on Sunday after bandits set fire to his parish rectory in northern Nigeria.

The body of Father Isaac Achi was found among the charred parish building of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church on Jan. 15, according to the Catholic Diocese of Minna, Nigeria.

He died after armed bandits attacked the priest’s residence in the village of Kafin Koro at 3 a.m. Another priest at the rectory, Father Collins Omeh, escaped the building, but sustained gunshot wounds and is being treated in a hospital.

Alhaji Sani Bello Abubakar, the governor of the Nigerian state of Niger where the attack took place, described the attack as “ungodly and inhumane” and directed the local security agencies to pursue the attackers, according to The Daily Post.

“This is a sad moment, for a priest to be killed in such a manner means that we are not all safe, these terrorists have lost it, and drastic action is needed to end this ongoing carnage,” Bello said.

Achi served as the parish priest of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church where he died. He was also the chairman of his local branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

“May the soul of very Reverend Father Isaac Achi and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in perfect peace,” the Diocese of Minna said in a statement shared by the Nigeria Catholic Network.

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  1. The poor Catholics (and other Christians) of China and Nigeria are the perhaps the most conspicuous current victims of two of the Church’s greatest external enemies – Communism and Islam. They have no powerful friends in the world. The Vatican, which ought to be their greatest advocate, barely gives them rhetorical support, if it offers any at all. Instead, Rome happily cuts deals and makes joint declarations with their persecutors that only worsen the conditions of these most unfortunate people.

  2. I wonder what Nigerian Catholics think about the Synod on Synodality. A church focused on fighting climate change and normalizing sodomy obviously does not have much time or desire to expend on helping African Christians being murdered by Muslim fanatics.

  3. Who did this? Could it be someone from the “Religion of Peace”? in reading the Koran, it doesn’t take long to find Allah is undecided in his proclamations and directives. Better by far to honour Jesus for He cares for us. He does not ask his followers to act in unkind ways, but to show respect to one another.

    Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

    Isaiah 58:4 Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to hit with a wicked fist. Fasting like yours this day will not make your voice to be heard on high.

    Proverbs 20:3 It is an honour for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarrelling.

    1 Samuel 12:24 Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.

    Muslims, Jesus invites you to gain eternal life through belief in Him. It would be a privilege to help you.

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