Owo massacre: Church to reopen Easter Sunday -Arogundade
By Samuel Edu
Bishop of the Ondo Diocese, Most Rev Bishop Jude Arogundade said all is set for the reopening of Saint Francis Catholic Church in Owo attacked by unknown gunmen with 41 casualties on June 5, 2022.
The cleric made this known yesterday while speaking at this year’s Chrism mass as part of activities to mark Easter celebration.
Arogundade who noted that the church has been locked since the gory incident, hinted that all is set for its reopening.
“Since the unfortunate incident that befell our members at the saint Francis Cathedral in Owo on June 5 2022, the church has been closed down for security reasons and as a mark of respect for our fallen brothers and sisters.
“The church shall be opened again for Easter Sunday. The government of Ondo state is as well planning to commemorate the one year anniversary of the massacre in honor of our fallen heroes.
Speaking earlier in the week at the Knights of Saint John’s Easter retreat, Rev Fr. Augustine Ikwu, admonished members to be committed to living their lives according to the standard laid down for Christians.
The cleric who spoke on the topic “life before, during and after Lent” charged participants to take time in reflecting on their life and never return to their past ungodly deeds as Lent is coming to a close.
“The season of length is a sacred period in the Catholic Church as it prepares us for the celebration of Easter.
“This is expected to be a time of deep retrospection of the past, conscious analysis of the present and strong reflection on the future.”
He urged participants to desist from the evils they have abstained from during the period of the Lent and never be like a dog that returns to its vomit.