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Nigerian Christians Should Avoid Tribalism – Pope Francis

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Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis has come out to say that Christians in Nigeria must stop being tribalistic.

The Pontiff recently revealed this while delivering the homily at a special mass to celebrate the first anniversary of the creation of the Ekwulobia Catholic diocese at the weekend.

According to him, tribalism makes those who call themselves Christians forget that Jesus Christ has made us all brothers and sisters in His blood, and in the sacrament of Baptism, so it should be avoided at all cost.

He added that the church and every Christian must learn to collaborate with obedient faith in the work of salvation, and to do so with the same fidelity, humility, silence and purity of heart.

His words, “While we acknowledge that the creation of the new diocese was necessitated as a result of the remarkable numerical growth of Awka Diocese in Anambra, we cannot remain silent about another fact, a non-positive fact that preceded the appointment of the first Bishop of Ekwulobia.”

“I recall it not to recriminate and make polemics, but as a warning. What has happened alerts us to certain dangers that threaten the life and mission of the Church.”

“Tribalism makes those who call themselves Christians forget that Jesus Christ has made us all brothers and sisters in His blood and in the sacrament of Baptism.”

“For the church and every Christian, we must learn to collaborate with obedient faith in the work of salvation and to do so with the same fidelity, humility, silence and purity of heart.”

“Christians must beware of the danger of being Christians and of being Christian communities only in words and in appearance, because he is not saved, who, though part of the body of the Church, does not persevere in love.”

“Though such person may remain in the bosom of the Church, it is only in a bodily manner and not in his heart.”




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