Kidnapped Nigerian seminarian has been killed

Sokoto, Nigeria, Feb 1, 2020 / 01:51 pm (CNA).- One of four Nigerian seminarians kidnapped last month has been killed, reportedly by his abductors. The three seminarians kidnapped along with him were released in the weeks following their kidnapping.

“With a very heavy heart, I wish to inform you that our dear son, Michael was murdered by the bandits on a date we cannot confirm. He and the wife of a doctor were arbitrarily separated from the group and killed. The Rector identified the corpse this afternoon,” Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto, Nigeria, said in a statement released Feb. 1.

Michael Nnadi was 18 years old.

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Pope Francis Celebrates 24th World Day For Consecrated Life

“My eyes have seen your salvation” (Lk 2:30).

Building his homily on those words, Pope Francis celebrated Mass on February 1, 2020, World Day for Consecrated. The service was held in the Vatican Basilica with the members of the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

“These are the words of Simeon, whom the Gospel presents as a simple man: ‘righteous and devout’, says the text (v. 25),” the Holy Father recalled. “But among all at the temple that day, he alone saw Jesus as the Saviour.  What did he see?  A child: a small, vulnerable, simple child.  But in him, he saw salvation, for the Holy Spirit allowed him to recognize in that tender newborn “the Lord’s Christ” (v. 26).”

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San Francisco, Kansas City bishops make Super Bowl wager

Kansas City, Mo., Feb 1, 2020 / 12:01 pm (CNA).- On Sunday the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs will play Super Bowl LIV, and the local ordinaries of the teams have made a friendly wager on the outcome of the game.

The teams will play in Miami Feb. 2.

“These two storied franchises have the pleasure of playing in two vibrant Catholic Dioceses and the bishops chose a friendly wager to reflect the loyal fans, the witness of striving for goals, and the common good of teamwork and community unity,” read a Jan. 28 statement from the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

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