DAILY CATHOLIC     TUESDAY     January 26, 1999     vol. 10, no. 17

NEWS & VIEWS
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SIERRA LEONE REBELS KILL HOSTAGE WHILE FLEEING

          ROME (CWNews.com) - A nun being held hostage by rebels in Sierra Leone was shot and killed on Saturday, and a priest and another man were wounded as the rebels fled the capital of Freetown as peacekeeping troops advanced on them.

          The Rome-based MISNA news agency reported that the nun, the priest, and the third hostage were apparently singled out because they would slow their escape. Six more Catholic missionaries who were also being held by the rebels apparently remain in custody. Six Missionary of Charity nuns and five Xaverian Brothers were kidnapped by rebels on January 14 in order to put pressure on the government to release captured rebels leaders.

          The murdered nun was identified as Sister Aloysius Maria of the Indian state of Kerala. Father Girolamo Pistoni, 43, was in a Freetown hospital Saturday with a bullet wound to the chest, but it was not believed to be life-threatening. A third man, an Indian national, was shot in the mouth, but also survived. There was no word on his condition.

          Archbishop Joseph Ganda of Freetown, who had also been held captive by rebels, as well as four of the Xaverian Brothers escaped from the rebels last week. Freetown has been rocked by the running battle between the rebels and West African peacekeeping troops since the beginning of January, leaving more than 1,000 people dead.


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January 26, 1999       volume 10, no. 17
NEWS & VIEWS

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