Monday, April 02, 2007

SVD Missionary in Kalinga killed

Our SVD missionary assigned in Kalinga, Fr. Francis Madhu, 31, from Indonesia was shot dead while saying an afternoon mass in Barrio Mabongtot, Luguagan, Kalinga, yesterday April 1, 2007.

Here's an initial report from our superior general:

A young Indonesian confrere who worked in the Philippine Northern Province (PHN) was murdered this afternoon with a single pistol shot fired by a man with a criminal record. Fransiskus was already vested for the afternoon Mass at 17.30 (5:30 p.m.) when a man suddenly appeared before him and fired a pistol at him without any apparent motive. It seems that the attacker had personal problems and was wanted by the police. Our young confrere died immediately. The Province of Ende has been informed, as has the family of Fr. Fransiskus. Let us pray for Fr. Fransiskus Madhu that the Lord may receive him into his Kingdom.

Fr. Antonio M. Pernia, SVD
Superior General

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