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Missionaries of Charity wished to remain in Yemen despite dangers, says bishop

March 09, 2016

The apostolic vicar of Southern Arabia said that the Missionaries of Charity slain in a March 4 attack decided a year ago to remain in Yemen despite the dangers.

“They told me there was nothing to discuss: they would not leave whatever happened, because they wanted to stay with the people entrusted to their care,” Bishop Paul Hinder told the Fides news agency.

“It was clear that on the part of the sisters this was no exhibition of heroism, it was purely their desire to follow Jesus Christ,” he continued. “I respected the sisters’ decision, and am convinced that their martyrdom will bear fruit also for the lives of other Christians living in the Arabian Peninsula.”

Bishop Hinder said that local residents “admired their way of serving others regardless of religious belonging, putting first the most in need. This earned the sisters the people’s warmth and affection, and perhaps that was precisely what some disliked.”

One sister, said Bishop Hinder, survived the attack, and she will return to India.

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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Mar. 09, 2016 7:15 PM ET USA

    Shades of the Trappists serving people Christian and Muslim, in Algiers many years ago. They were ultimately martyred.