Pope Francis reacted to the massacre at the Owo church.


After gunmen invaded St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State, killing innocent worshippers on Sunday, His Holiness, Pope Francis, expressed his sympathy and closeness with Catholics in Nigeria.

Gunmen opened fire on worshipers both inside and outside Owo's St. Francis Xavier Church.

No one had claimed credit for the incident as of June 6.

The pope claimed the attendees were "painfully impacted" in a statement issued by Matteo Bruni, the director of the Vatican press office, on Sunday.

"The Pope has learned of the attack on the church in Ondo, Nigeria, which resulted in the deaths of dozens of parishioners, many of whom were children, during the Pentecost celebration.

"While the specifics are being worked out, Pope Francis prays for the victims and the country, which has been deeply afflicted at a moment of joy, and entrusts them both to the Lord, asking him to send his spirit to soothe them," the statement stated.

Meanwhile, IGP Usman Baba, the Inspector-General of Police, condemned the cruel murder of worshippers at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Owaluwa, Owo, on Monday.

According to Muyiwa Adejobi, the Force Public Relations Officer, the attack occurred around 11.30 a.m. on Sunday.

According to preliminary investigations, bombs were brought to the scene, according to Adejobi.


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