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Friday, February 24, 2017
Twenty-five killed serving Church in 2002
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 Twenty-five people serving in Catholic projects and parishes overseas lost their lives in 2002, according to the the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. The victims include an archbishop, 18 priests, two religious sisters, a religious brother, two seminarians and a layman. Their names, in order of their deaths, are: Archbishop Isaías Duarte Cancino of Cali, shot dead in Colombia on March 16, after celebrating Mass in a parish of his archdiocese. Fr Declan O'Toole, Irish Mill Hill Missionary, killed in an ambush on March 21 in the Ugandan region of Kotido. Fr Boniface, a Congolese priest killed in Goma, Congo, on March 24, Palm Sunday, bombs were thrown into a crowd. A little girl called Karine was also killed. Fr Juan Ramón Núñez, from Colombia, parish priest killed on April 6 while celebrating Mass, in Huila, Argentina. Fr Roger Morin, a Canadian Sacred Heart Brothers, killed on April 12 at Fianarantsoa, Madagascar, during street riots. Fr Alois Lintner, an Italian Fidei Donum priest, killed on May 16 at San Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. Fr Arley Arias Garcia, a Colombian, killed on May 18 in an ambush in Florencia. He was president of the local peace group, trying to bring the paramilitary and guerrilla to negotiations. Fr Jorge Altafulla, from Panama, killed on May 19 in Panama City. Fr José Ilario Arango, a Colombian, killed on June 27 in Cali, after celebrating Mass. Sister Marta Inés Vélez Serna, a Colombian, of the Poor Sisters of Saint Peter Claver, killed on July 14 at Mogotes-Santander. Carlos Herrao Jiménez, a Colombian seminarian, killed on July 21 in Medellin. - Brother Ivo Dominique Lascanne, from France, of the Little Brothers of the Gospel. He started the Foyer of Hope for street children in Yaounde, and was found murdered on 30 July near Maroua, Cameroon, by one of the boys he had saved from the streets. Fr Pierre Tondo, Burundian, parish priest of Kiguhu in the Diocese of Ruyigi, shot dead on August 5 by armed bandits who stopped his car on the road to Gitega. Sister Cecilia, Chaldean nun killed on August 15 in Baghdad, Iraq. Fr Jean Guth, a French priest of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, kidnapped on March 31 in Mayama, near Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo. He died in captivity on August 10. Fr Augustin Geve, first Catholic priest from the Solomon Islands, killed on August 20 in Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands, where he had gone to mediate peace talks. Leonardo Muakalia Livongue, Angolan seminarian, killed by robbers on September 8 in Malanje. Fr José Luis Arroyave, a Colombian, killed in Medellin on September 20. He was head of diocesan social development programs in the poorest districts of Medellin. Fr Jorge Sánchez Ramírez, Colombian, Diocese of Antioquia, killed in the Valle del Cauca on September 27. Fr José Luis Cardenas, killed at Chalan, Colombia, on October 17, shortly after celebrating Mass. Fr Gabriel Arias Posadas, vicar general of the Armenia diocese of Colombia, killed on October 18, in the department of Caldas, where he had gone to negotiate the release of a hostage. Alberto Neri Fernandez, from Uruguay, lay member of the Focolare Movement, killed by thieves in Brazil on October 19. Fr Declan Collins, Irish Salesian, killed by robbers on November 16 in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was parish priest and involved in work with the poor. Fr James Iyere, of the Archdiocese of Kaduna, in Nigeria, died on November 29 from wounds and burns inflicted during riots in Kaduna. Fr Jean-Claude Kilamong, from the Central African Republic, who was killed by rebels in Bossangoa around December 8.
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