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Priest murdered in Brazil

May 25, 2010

Father Rubens de Almeida Goncalves, 35, died on May 21 from a gunshot wound to the head.

“Father Rubens died in the full exercise of his priestly ministry, which has always been marked by missionary zeal and faith in the risen Christ,” said the chancellor of the Diocese of Porto Nacional, which is located in central Brazil. “All the communities for which he worked offered their testimony on his passionate commitment to his mission of evangelization.”

Witnesses reported that the priest was murdered after he denied a request to lease his parish’s hall.


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