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Archdiocese of Jos, Nigeria—“Religion alone should not be blamed” for violence

According to Fides News Service, the recent violence in Plateau State (central Nigeria) was at the heart of discussions at the 8th General Assembly of the Archdiocese of Jos. The Archdiocese issued a statement that emphasizes, in part, that “…dialogue of life means reaching out lovingly to another person, irrespective of ethnic or religious differences….The lack of clear understanding of the origin and cause of the crises has generated problems even among Christians. While some see nothing in the crises other than the attempt by Muslims to encroach on the sacred space of what is considered a very Christian State, others think that the root causes of the crises are ethnic, social and political, but given a religious coloration. The crises must be put in right perspective" (23/8/2010). Here is the website of the Archdiocese of Jos.