The Nigerian Catholic Church says it has ‘temporarily’ withdrawn its membership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in order to promote Christian unity and peaceful coexistence amongst Christians and non-Christians alike.
A spokesperson of the Church, Rev. Fr. Dr.
Cornelius Omonokhua, said the action taken by the Catholic Church will be reviewed after the annual meeting of the Conference of Bishops in February.
Crowds of Catholics have flocked to a Malaysian hospital to to hold a prayer vigil in front of what they believe to be a vision of the Virgin Mary which has ‘miraculously’ appeared on one of the building’s windows.
More than 100 worshippers, some from hundreds of miles away, have converged on the Sime Darby Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur after the vision appeared a few days ago.
The group, who are convinced that the mysterious mark on the seventh floor window represents the much revered mother of Jesus Christ, say that they can also see a second image of her son two windows away.
Goodluck Jonathan, Nigerian president, has condemned an attack on a church in northern Nigeria, and has vowed to crush terrorists in his country. At least eight people were killed when a suicide bomber drove a car filled with explosives into the church packed with Sunday worshippers.
Two two more people died later in reprisal attacks. Al Jazeera’s Paul Brennan reports.