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ICC Note: A conference of West African bishops has concluded in Accra, Ghana with the plenary body focusing most of their concern on Christian persecution from radical Islamist terrorism in the region. Church leaders expressed their sympathy for the families and victims affected by Boko Haram and al Qaeda-affiliated attacks across Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Mali, and Burkina Faso. The bishops stand in solidarity regarding insecurity from persecution as their primary pastoral concern. In Nigeria alone, church leaders have reported more than 11,000 Christians killed and 1.3 million displaced in a seven-year Boko Haram insurgency afflicting the country, according to an Open Doors report released last week. The Catholic conference, which convened from February 22 – 29, elected Archbishop of Jos, Nigeria Ignatius Kaigama the new head of the regional body.

3/2/16 Accra, Ghana (Vatican Radio) – The second West African Catholic Bishops’ regional plenary assembly has concluded in Accra, Ghana with a passionate appeal to Africa’s youth and for the persecuted Christians of the region.

The RECOWA / CERAO Bishops’ regional plenary assembly took place from 22 to 29 February 2016. At the end of the meeting, the Bishops expressed solidarity with countries in the region affected by incessant terrorist attacks. In particular, the Bishops are concerned about persecutions in the region perpetrated against Christians by jihadist and militant groups. Most of the terrorist groups such as Boko Haram are affiliated either with Al-Qaeda or the Islamic State.

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