CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 15 September 2018

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Two sisters murdered in Mississippi

DURANT (SE): The bodies of Sister Margaret Held, a School Sister of St. Francis, and Sister Paula Merrill, a Sister of Charity of Nazareth, were found stabbed to death on August 25 in their residence in Durant, Mississippi, the United States of America.

The Associated Press reported that both worked as nursing practitioners and between them provided a quarter of the medical care in their rural county.

Police have not given any indication of a motive for the killings.

“These sisters have spent years of dedicated service here in Mississippi,” Bishop Joseph Kopacz, from Jackson, said in a statement. “They absolutely loved the people in their community.”

The governor of the state, Phil Bryant, added, “My heart is broken for the two families and friends of these treasured souls.”

Delbert Hosemann, the secretary of state in Mississippi, added. “Unbridled love and care for mankind has been met with unparalleled savagery. These faithful nuns worked tirelessly at the Lexington Medical Clinic to make the Holmes County community and Mississippi a better place to live. We hope justice will be swiftly served.”

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