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The missionary priests who served his community made a lasting impression on him. As soon as he could, he began serving at Mass, and the thought of becoming a priest himself was close to his heart.
“The Church is one of the few bodies speaking out against injustice and violence, and for this reason, the archbishop believes, the attacks appear to be “targeting particularly the structures of the Church.”
He calls it Islamization because “anyone who has been kidnapped by these terrorist groups and managed to escape from them alive has told the same story. They were given the choice between death and converting to Islam.”
“The people here simply don’t count. They have the feeling that the government doesn’t even exist here. We feel as though the state authorities have abandoned us.”
The continued presence of the religious sisters in the area, even at the risk of their own lives constitutes “the very definition of agape, self-giving love.”