2016-10-24 17:30:00

DRC: Catholic priest killed in Lubumbashi

The Catholic Church-affiliated Agenzia Fides has reported the death of Fr. Joseph Mulimbi Nguli, 52 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Fr. Joseph was the assistant parish priest of St. Martin’s parish in the municipality of Katuba, Lubumbashi, the capital of Katanga Province. He was killed by unknown assailants, wearing balaclavas, in the night between 21 and October 22. 

The Italian based “Il sismografo,” this weekend, quoted AFP / La Croix about the death of Fr. Joseph said to have been shot in the stomach as he returned to his family home in Katuba.

The Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Lubumbashi, Monsignor Denis Moto, expressed confidence in the local security agencies that Fr. Joseph’s killers would be found and brought to justice. 

According an article in “Il sismografo,” the following pastoral agents of the Church have been killed in Africa this year under various circumstance: 

In the Democratic Republic of Congo

Fr.  Vincent Machozi was killed on 20 March;

An accountant of Caritas Basankusu was killed on 11 August;

Fr. Joseph Mulimbi Nguli was killed on 21 October.

In South Sudan 

Sr. Veronika Terézia Racková was killed on 20 May. 

In Nigeria 

Fr. John Adeyi was killed on 22 June (?)

Seminarist Lazarus Nwafor was killed on 25 August

In Yemen, four Missionaries of Charity Sisters were among 16 slain by gunmen. Of the four nuns killed were Sr. Marguerite of Rwanda; Sr. Reginette of Rwanda and Sr. Judith of Kenya. They were killed on 4 March.

In all, 29 pastoral workers have been recorded as killed the world over since the start of the year. Of these, 13 are priests, 8 Religious, 3 Caritas workers; 1 seminarian and 4 Catechists. 

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