Source: Post Courier.
January 12,2015, 04:51 am
THE death of Papua New Guinea Catholic priest Fr Jerry Inau and a pastoral care worker have been noted by the Vatican in its 2014 annual report, the official Vatican News Network says.
The network said this when announcing that last year, 26 Catholic pastoral care workers were killed worldwide, three more than in 2013.
Last May Fr Inau and communion minister Benedict were murdered in the remote Goilala mountains of Kamulai, Central Province, as the result of inter-tribal tension.
The Vatican noted that the killers had not been caught and brought to justice.
The pastoral care workers who died violently in 2014 included Fr. Inau and Benedict among the 17 priests, one religious man, six religious sisters, one seminarian and one lay person.
For the sixth consecutive year, the place most affected, with an extremely elevated number of pastoral care workers killed, was the United States.
In America, 14 pastoral care workers were killed; in Africa seven; in Asia two; in Oceania two and a priest was killed in Europe.
Once again the majority of the pastoral care workers in 2014 were killed in attempted robberies, and in some cases violently attacked, a sign of the climate of moral decline, economic and cultural poverty, which generates violence and disregard for human life, wrote Friar Jesús Etayo, Prior General, in Vatican News Network.
“They all lived in these human and social contexts, carrying out the mission of proclaiming the Gospel message without making sensational acts, but by witnessing their faith in the humility of daily life.
“Some were killed by the same people they helped, others opened the door to those who asked for aid and were attacked, others were killed during a robbery, but the reason why many other assaults and kidnappings ended tragically remain unclear.”