Gerard Anjiangwe was scheduled to begin classes on October 12 at St. John Mary Vianney Center in Bafut. It was another step in his goal to become a Catholic Priest. The young Seminarian’s plans came to an abrupt halt when he was brutally slain by Cameroonian troops on October 4, 2018, outside St. Therese’s Parish in Bamessing.
Anjiangwe’s death during Cameroon’s Presidential campaign spread fear throughout the country’s English speaking Catholics who are no longer considered safe from violence. Prior to last Sunday’s election, Cameroon’s Episcopal Bishop Conference pleaded for peace. Ballots in that election are still being tallied and there is yet no clear winner.
Archbishop Cornelius Fontem Esua of Bamenda Diocese recounted details of the shooting in a press release. According to Esau’s statement, after Mass ended Anjiangwe and several other parishioners remained behind to prepare the next day’s liturgy. Cameroonian troops arrived in the area and began shooting. While the others sought shelter inside the rectory, Anjiangwe remained outside and knelt down to pray the Rosary. After ordering Anjiangwe to stand, the soldiers ordered him to kneel again. He was then brutally shot three times.
Archbishop Esau is asking all Christians to pray for the repose of Gerard’s soul and for his parents Stephen and Comfort Akiata; he was their only child.
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