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Pope Francis Decries Brutal Murder of Cameroon Schoolchildren as ‘Cruel & Senseless Act’

‘May God enlighten hearts, so that similar gestures are never repeated again and so that the tormented regions of the northwest and southwest of the country can finally find peace!’

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Pope Francis has decried the brutal murder of students in Cameroon.

At the end of his weekly General Audience this Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, Francis remembered the six young students from the town of Kumba murdered last Saturday, October 24.

According to Fides, the massacre occurred at the International Bilingual Academy Madre Francisca around 11:30 a.m., when a group of unidentified assailants entered the school facilities and opened fire on young people, between 9 and 12 years old, during class.

Saying he joined “in the pain of the families of the young students brutally murdered last Saturday in Kumba,” Pope Francis expressed: “I feel a great bewilderment by such a cruel and senseless act, which has taken the lives of innocent little ones while they were in class at school.”

“May God enlighten hearts,” he prayed, “so that similar gestures are never repeated again and so that the tormented regions of the northwest and southwest of the country can finally find peace!”

The Holy Father also expressed his hope that “the weapons remain silent and that the safety of all and the right of each young person to education and the future can be guaranteed.”

To “all the families, to the city of Kumba and to all of Cameroon,” Pope Francis invoked “the consolation that only God can give.”

According to Fides, this massacre has not been an isolated event, but has been one more attack within the difficult socio-political context that is going through both the northeast and southwest of the region, a situation that has been ongoing since 2016.

The victims’ funeral will be held on October 30 in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Kumna.




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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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