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Closure of convents preceded Benghazi parish bombing

May 21, 2013

The forced closure of several convents in eastern Libya preceded the recent bombing a parish there, according to Bishop Giovanni Martinelli, the apostolic vicar of Tripoli.

“In Cyrenaica [eastern Libya] different religious women institutes have been forced to close their doors, in Tobruk, Derna, Beida, Barce, as well as in Benghazi,” he said. “The nuns who were forced to leave, served the population with generosity.”

“They put a bomb at the entrance of the corridor leading to the courtyard where there is the door of the church,” Bishop Martinelli added as he described the bombing. “The church, therefore, was not touched directly, but the attack is not a positive sign.”


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