One week after the shooting at St. Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu that left 13 people dead and 40 wounded, the mass this morning witnessed low turnout of parishioners when the service began by 9 am.
The church decided to hold a solidarity mass in which government functionaries attended in en mass.
The church progressively started filling up thus boosting the confidence of the parish priest, Rev Father Jude Onwuaso who was alone at the church before 9 am.
The homily was delivered by a visiting priest, Monsignor Patrick Ezebata who centered on being strong in the Lord.
The priest urged parishioners to be strong and never be afraid for God was on their side.
Parishioners who spoke to Channels Television disclosed that they were still afraid after the devastating incident and the solidarity mass held this morning has given them courage.
The Federal Government on August 12, 2017, sent a delegation to visit Anambra State and condole with the government, people of the state over last Sunday’s church attack.
The delegation was made up of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige; Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole; and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama.
Others are Minister of State for Environment, Mr. Ibrahim Jibril and Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwuka.
The state deputy governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke, received the ministers on behalf of Governor Willie Obiano on Saturday at the Government House in Awka, the state capital.
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