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Nigerian bishop calls for an end to violence in Good Friday homily

In his Good Friday homily, Bishop Badejo of Nigeria has called upon leaders in Nigeria and all over the world to work for a better world.


Vatican news shared the script of some parts of the Good Friday homily of Nigeria’s Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Oyo, Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo. In his homily, the bishop asked for an end to violence, selfishness and corruption, and for making the world better.

“Good Friday calls on leaders in Nigeria and all over the world, be they politicians, religious leaders, traditional, family, business and economic leaders too, to work for a better world as Jesus did. Sacrifice for your people and seek their interest for Jesus laid down his life in total selflessness. He told us why he did this when he said, ‘The first among you must be your servant…The son of man has come to serve, not to be served and to lay down his life as a ransom for many. Jesus is the one leader that the leaders of the world in every way can confidently emulate. Leaders of all categories should eschew selfish interests and greed to create a peaceful and harmonious world. It is a desirable thing for all,” said the Nigerian prelate.

The Bishop, who is also President of the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS), pointed to the futility of wars and hatred.

“For people of all nationality and religion in the world, Good Friday condemns the current, ‘dog eat dog’ situation of wars, conflict, violence and bloodshed all over the world.

From the pulpit of the cross, Jesus cries out for an end to hatred, corruption, selfishness, racism, discrimination and wickedness. God is always good. He made a good world. Human beings must stop destroying the world and destroying one another. Humanity cannot win a war against itself. We must sit down and realise that we are of the same stock, children of one God and live accordingly. Every life that is snuffed out, every child that is killed is a defeat for humanity. Let us work together for peace, justice and let love return so that we can experience one world and one humanity again,” the Bishop said.

You can read the integral homily here.

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