aims to offer the most compelling biblically-based content to Christians on their walk with Jesus. is your online destination for all areas of Christian Living – faith, family, fun, and community. Each category is further divided into areas important to you and your Christian faith including Bible study, daily devotions, marriage, parenting, movie reviews, music, news, and more.

Religion Today Blog Christian Blog and Commentary

Catholic Masses Suspended in Niger as Charlie Hebdo Protests Continue

  • Carrie Dedrick
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2015 Jan 23
  • Comments

Protests of the controversial Charlie Hebdo cartoons have continued for one week in Niger, leading Catholic churches in the region to cancel mass services for safety reasons. The protests began in the city of Zinder last week and spread across the country; at least people have been killed at many churches have been set on fire in the violent riots. 


Christian Today reports that Catholic churches felt compelled to cancel services and activities, as the building were not safe. 


Archbishop Michel Cartateguy of Niamey said that almost all of the churches in his diocese have been destroyed.


"Nothing remains, they were totally burned,” he said. “Only the cathedral is still standing."


Catholic leaders have said that the cancellation of church activities will allow Christians to reflect on the events and pray for peace. 


Pope Francis spoke against the violence in Niger during his weekly audience at St. Peter’s Square. 


"One cannot make war in God's name. Religious sentiments are never an occasion for violence, oppression and destruction," France said Wednesday (Jan. 21). 



Publication date: January 23, 2015