Priests and religious murdered in 2005

Source: FSSPX News


The missionary agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Fides, publishes each year a non-exhaustive list of people who have been put to death for their faith. According to known information 27 priests, religious or lay people were killed in 2005, said the missionary agency of the former Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith.

 The continent of America heads the table of places where the greatest number of victims in 2005 is recorded,” said the agency, specifying that 8 priests, 2 nuns and 2 monks died there “in violent circumstances.” Fides notes that Colombia, with the deaths of four priests and one nun, is “the country where social conflict is most acute and where the Church pays a heavy toll for her commitment to reconciliation and social justice in the name of the Gospel.” The other countries concerned on the American continent are Mexico, Brazil and Jamaica.

 “Africa,” the agency went on to explain, “has been washed in the blood of a bishop, six priests and a lay person (…) in Kenya, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the Brazzaville Congo and in Nigeria.” On the Asiatic continent, three priests have been murdered in India and another in Indonesia.

 Nor was Europe spared in 2005, with the death of two priests: the first in Brussels, “involved in welcoming immigrants and anyone who knocked at his door,” the second in Russia, near Moscow, “where he had been rebuilding a pastoral community.”

 This report counts the ad gentes missionaries in the strict sense of the term, but also all Church personnel who have met violent deaths or who have sacrificed their lives so as not to abandon their “commitment of witness and apostolate.” Sixteen missionaries of the Catholic Church thus lost their lives in a violent manner in 2004, 29 in 2003, 25 in 2002, 33 in 2001 and 30 in the year 2000.