Catholic Church Bishops Beg Forgiveness From Paedophilia Victims

French bishops pleaded for forgiveness Monday for the “guilty silence” of the Catholic Church following months of damaging revelations over the sexual abuse of children by priests. The church has been rocked by allegations that the Archbishop of Lyon, Philippe Barbarin, covered up the abuse of scouts and failed to remove a priest despite being aware he had sexually abused the boys a quarter of a century ago.

The scandal was the worst to hit the Church in France since 2001, when a bishop was given a three-month suspended jail sentence for failing to inform authorities about a paedophile priest.

Barbarin, who has protested his innocence, remains in his post, but the scandal has tarnished the image of one of the church’s most media-friendly figures.

Archbishop of Paris Andre Vingt-Trois told worshippers at a “time for prayer and penitence” during the bishops’ autumn conference in the southwestern pilgrimage town of Lourdes on Monday that the Church had failed in its duty to victims of abuse.

“We lacked mercy… we did not listen to these victims in the way that they expected us to (and) we lacked the courage to take the measures that were needed,” the archbishop said.

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Messages From ISIS Territory Ask For Forgiveness For Murder

Correspondence, provided to The Intercept and Al Jazeera, was sent to a religious scholar living in Jordan who has been associated with radical groups in the past, but is critical of ISIS. The messages come from people in ISIL-held territory, both members of the group and civilians, who are seeking his religious advice. Seeking advice from religious figures is common in the Muslim world, but the recipient of these messages in particularly respected among ultra-conservative Muslims in Iraq, Syria and Jordan.

The religious figure is not named here in order to protect his legal status in Jordan.

The advice seekers are unrelated: one is an ISIS fighter in Fallujah, and the other is a Sunni Muslim civilian living in Mosul.

The correspondence took place from early June to mid August, and coincided with major events in those cities reported by international media – including the Iraqi government’s offensive to retake Fallujah and the increasing pressure on the inhabitants of Mosul in preparation for the operation.

“The battle for Fallujah was a success in that it ended with ISIS driven out and a government established that had representation from the local Sunni community,” says Nathaniel Rabkin, managing editor of the political risk publication Inside Iraq Politics.

“Having said that, there was a lot of ugliness associated with the campaign, including damage to infrastructure and allegations of abuses by Shia militia groups.”

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Gov. Suswam Begs Civil Servants, Family Members For Forgiveness

Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue on Sunday pleaded with the civil expectations.

Suswam made the plea at the inter-denominational valedictory thanksgiving service in his honour at the Chapel of Grace, Government House, Makurdi. “Please forgive me for my inability to meet up with your expectations as the governor of Benue State.

“But always remember that I had good intentions for civil servants in the state as shown in the 100 per cent salary increment I approved when I took over in 2007.

“It is not my making to owe staff salaries but due to the economic challenges in the country, I have no option but to leave behind a lot of challenges for the new government.

“However, when the new governor takes over, you will clearly understand that the financial challenges does not end with me,” he said.

He further pleaded with his family members for the actions and inactions he might have taken against their will, explaining that he was only carrying out his duties as the governor of the state.

The governor commended the state legislature and the judiciary for their support and the cordial relationship that existed between them.

Suswam commended the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for providing the needed platform for him to actualise his political ambition starting from the House of Representatives and as a governor.

He denied media publications that the party lost elections due to bad leadership, explaining that it was only natural for a party to rest after 16 years of being in power.

The governor commended his deputy for his loyalty and the government house staff for their support throughout his administration.

Earlier in his sermon, the President of NKST, Dr Ayohor Ateh, urged the people not to be afraid of the incoming administration for fear of being sacked or punished but have faith and trust in God.

Ateh charged the congregation to always rely on God, adding that many people were unnecessarily unrealistic.

Reading from Psalm 124 in the Holy Bible, the cleric urged the people to continue to pray for the governor and the state.

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Namadi Sambo, Wife Beg For Forgiveness

Vice-President Namadi Sambo, and wife, Amina Sambo, on Monday urged those they offended to forgive them.

The vice-president, who spoke to newsmen shortly after a valedictory meeting with his supporting members of staff, at Aguda House, Abuja, said he had forgiven all those he had interracted with in the last five years.

According to him, he has enjoyed good and cordial working relationship with all his supporting members of staff. “Whether in government or outside government, we will continue to contribute towards the development of the country.

“And also, we have enjoyed working together and we have become one family with our staff and we assure them that we shall always be there for them.

“Also, we pray that all those that we have offended during this period, we beg for their forgiveness and we forgive all those that have done anything wrong to us.”

Sambo thanked the staff for their support and cooperation and urged them to extend the same to the incoming administration.

In her remarks, the wife of the Vice-President, Hajiya Amina Sambo, said the Sambo’s family would forever remain grateful for the support, encouragement and prayers they enjoyed from the staff.

The farewell meeting was attended by all the supporting staff, including Special Advisers and Senior Special Assistants to the vice-president and his wife.

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Amaechi Appeals For Peace During Gubernatorial, Pleads For Mercy

Gov. Chibuike Amaechi has appealed to those he has offended with his actions and inactions in the state as governor to forgive him, saying he acted in the interest of the state.

The governor in a pre- election broadcast yesterday in Port Harcourt, also urged people of the state to shun violence during the coming governorship election.

He said people of the state should note that the election was for the progress of the state, adding that the common good of the state should be the concern of all. “As we prepare for that election, we have a little time to reflect on the issues at stake. It must be about Rivers state. It must be about its progress and the prosperity of all who live here and are from here.

“It must be about development, good governance, peace and security. We need to stand firm as a people for what we believe in…”

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Buhari Should Beg Yoruba For Forgiveness Not Votes, Says Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said that the All Progressives Congress Presidential Candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, should seek forgiveness and not votes from the people of the Yoruba land and even those in Edo and Delta States.

“Buhari’s coup of 1983 destroyed the Southwest and the old Bendel State (now Edo and Delta) as it put an end to the developmental programmes of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) government in the Southwest States of Lagos, Oyo, Ogun and Ondo, as well as Bendel State,” Mr. Fayose said.

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