We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, He draws us to Himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Nigeria since Sept. 2016: 808 killed, 57 wounded, 1,422 houses and 16 churches destroyed.

From Agenzia Fides (H/T Joan Lewis): 
Rome (Agenzia Fides) - "In the last three months attacks have increased carried out by the Fulani Herdsmen Terrorist (FHT) in more than half of the territory of the southern State of Kaduna (Nigeria)", denounces His Exc. Mgr. Joseph Danlami Bagobiri, Bishop of Kafanchan, in the state of Kaduna, during a visit to the Italian headquarters of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).
"In the West, this group is almost unheard of", says Mgr. Bagobiri, but has been responsible since September of fires in 53 villages, of the death of 808 persons, the wounding of 57 others, the destruction of 1,422 houses and 16 churches.
The Bishop recalls that from 2006 to 2014, more than 12,000 Christians were killed and 2,000 churches destroyed because of terrorism in Nigeria. These crimes were mainly committed by the Islamic fundamentalist group Boko Haram. Mgr. Bagobiri notes that Boko Haram is not the only group that spreads terror in the African country, emphasizing the role of Fulani herdsmen in recent years.

The Fulani are a nomadic ethnic group who have been protagonists of recurrent conflicts with farmers in the area. However in recent times the attacks are of a completely different kind compared to the old clashes between farmers and herders, as the latter use "sophisticated weapons that did not exist before, such as AK-47, whose origin is unknown", says Mgr. Bagobiri. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 11/01/2017)

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