Pope appeals for the liberation of 317 abducted Nigerian students

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday denounced the abduction of 317 students from their boarding school in northwest Nigeria and appealed for the girls’ quick release.

Approaching the public in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said he was attaching his voice to others including Nigeria’s bishop in rebuking what he characterized as “the vile abduction” of the girls.

Pope Francis consecrates the Eucharist throughout a mass on the moment of the recognition of the World Day of Consecrated Life at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican on February 2, 2021. 

Main while, police on Friday in Nigeria announced gunmen had kidnaped the students from their boarding school. Some large groups of well-armed men operate in the area and are recognized to capture for a ransom of money and the release of their jailed cohorts.

“I pray for these girls, so that they may return home soon,” the pope said. ”I am close to their families and to them,” Francis said, asking people to join him in prayer.

Stliusong gathered that the Security forces guard the Government Girls Junior Secondary School where more than 300 girls were kidnaped by gunmen on Friday, in Jangebe town, Zamfara state, northern Nigeria Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021. Relations in Nigeria waited anxiously on Sunday for news of their seized daughters, the most advanced in a series of mass abductions of school students in the West African nation. 

A dweller of the area said the criminals also attacked a nearby military encampment and checkpoint, barring soldiers from intervening with the mass abduction.

On Saturday, officials in Nigeria published that approximately 40 students, teachers, and siblings kidnaped on Feb. 17 from a school in northern Nigeria have been released

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