Society of African Missions (SMA)
We, the Bishops of the Catholic Church, in profound communion with our communities afflicted by the unexpected and tragic events that we underwent without understanding the reasons, we come to renew our friendship and our brotherhood with all of the Muslim community in our country. We express our cordial gratitude to each and every one of you for all the gestures and acts of solidarity that you have expressed.
In an interview to Radio vatican, Mgr. Michel Cartatéguy, archbishop of Niamey, said all his incomprehension and his fear. He was interviewed by Jean-Baptiste Cocagne.
Here is Joseph Aboubacar's testimony, a French teacher at the high school ELIM in Niamey:
This morning, I visited certain burned-out, catholic and Protestant churches. 45 churches burned, and calcined. Two Christian schools burned-out: l'EAU VIVE and Mission school of Kindergarten at Banifandou. There was no claiming from any groupe of these barbaric acts for the moment.
The year of the bi-centenary of the birth of our Founder ended in a fine ceremony at Nocetta. Fifty-five people were present for the Mass and meal. We were especially happy to welcome his Eminence, Peter Cardinal Appiah Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, who lead the Eucharist.
Colleges and Universities have maps at the entrance that show the whole plan of the campus and in order to facilitate better, they often say, ‘You are here,’ with a red circle. The Philosophy department of a college had a similar map and it read, ‘You are here, but why?’