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37 priests, religious, seminarians, missionaries killed in 2009

December 31, 2009

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The Congregation for Evangelization has published biographies of the 30 priests, two seminarians, two women religious, and three lay pastoral workers slain during 2009. Six were killed in Brazil, six in Colombia, four in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and three in Mexico.

“Our list does not only include the names of missionaries ad gentes [to the nations] in the strict sense, but all pastoral workers who died a violent death,” the Congregation’s news agency notes. “This provisional list compiled annually by the Fides News Agency must nevertheless always be added to the long list of many who perhaps will never be known of, who in every corner of the planet suffer and even give their lives for their faith in Christ.”


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