Monday, July 18, 2005

A Catholic Bishop Killed In Kenya

The Associated Press reports:

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI was "deeply saddened" by the killing of a Roman Catholic bishop in Kenya this week and expressed hope the prelate's death would "hasten the dawn" of peace and reconciliation in the African country, the Vatican said Saturday.

Bishop Luigi Locati was shot to death Thursday night as he walked with a guard to his house from a dining hall for Catholic clergy in Isiolo, where he was based, about 125 miles northeast of Kenyan capital Nairobi. He was 76.
Kenyan police had detained two people for questioning in the killing and said they were investigating attempted robbery as a possible motive. The Catholic Information Service for Africa reported Friday that Locati had escaped two other attempts on his life during his tenure in the remote area of central Kenya.

Benedict said the bishop had a noble soul and praised the "advancement of human dignity which characterized his priestly and episcopal ministry."


May his soul rest in peace.

UPDATE Apr. 24, 2006
Yet another murder in Kenya. Catholic World News reports:

Apr. 24 ( - A Catholic priest of Kenya's Isiolo diocese has been killed, less than a year after the murder of the apostolic vicar of the same diocese.

Father Galgalo Boru was killed when robbers ambushed the car in which he was traveling. The robbers had apparently been waiting for the car, which was clearly marked as a vehicle belonging to the Catholic Church.

Father Angelo Ngugi, who served with the slain priest at a parish in Bulesa, was riding in the same car, but escaped by jumping out of the vehicle. At least one other passenger also escaped, while one man died alongside Father Boru. The survivor, Father Ngugi, said that all of the passengers had been robbed.


R.I.P. Fr. Galgalo.


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