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Zanzibar: priest murdered as violence against Church continues

Catholic World News - February 19, 2013

Gunmen murdered a priest in Zanzibar on February 17 as he was entering the cathedral to celebrate Sunday Mass.

Before Father Evarist Mushi “could even alight from the car, two men on a motorbike approached him and the one seated at the back opened fire, shooting three times,” said Bishop Augustine Shao of Zanzibar, the Tanzanian archipelago that is 99% Muslim and 1% Christian.

“This is the second of my priests to die,” said Bishop Shao, who told Vatican Radio that in 2012 “three Catholic churches and several churches of other Christian denominations in Zanzibar were set on fire. We have no idea of the size of the group targeting the island’s Christians, but it would appear to be large.”

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