DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     January 8-10, 1999     vol. 10, no. 5

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PRIEST, CATECHISTS KILLED IN ANGOLA WHILE MISSIONARIES TRAPPED IN SIERRA LEONE FIGHTING

          VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- The assassination of an Angolan priest has been reported by Bishop Aldo Cavalli, the apostolic nuncio to that war-torn country.

          Father Albino Saluhaku, of the diocese of Huambo, was killed on January 6, along with two catechists who had been working with him. No further details about the slaying were immediately available.

          Angola has recently seen a bloody renewal of a long-festering civil war, with fighting breaking out around the country.

          At the same time three Italian missionary priests have been trapped in the fighting in the capital of Sierra Leone.

          The Vatican news service Fides reported that, despite assurances from President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, rebel troops overran Freetown on January 6, entering the capital through Kissi, a northern suburb. The three missionaries were living in Kissi. They are now confined to their home-- as are the other people of the town.

          The vicar general of the Makeni diocese, Msgr. Gabriel Koroma, has also been confined to his home in Freetown because of fighting in the streets of the city. Bishop Giorgio Biguzzi has taken refuge in Conakry, in nearby Guinea, along with several of his priests.

          Bishop Biguzzi said that the lives of the three priests in Kissi are probably not in jeopardy, because the rebels "did not use violence against civilians during their advance, and they are burning everything done, the way they did in the past."

          However, Fides reported concerns about Father Mario Guerra, another Italian missionary, who has been missing since his capture by the rebel soldiers on November 15. One newspaper in Sierra Leone reported on January 4 that Father Guerra had escaped from his captors, but there has been no confirmation of that report.


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January 8-10, 1999       volume 10, no. 5
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