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Eco-danger

MANILA (UCAN): If people could be removed from The Philippines its natural environment would become a much more friendly place, as for several years now it has been the deadliest country in Asia and one of the most dangerous in the world for those who work to defend the land against human destruction.
 
A report titled Defenders of the Earth, released on July 14 by the London-based Global Witness, notes that at least 28 pro-environment advocates were killed in The Philippines during 2016.
 

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Catholic teacher shot dead in Papua

JAKARTA (AsiaNews): The body of 27-year-old Yuni Yesra Patatang, a Catholic teacher responsible for a youth group ministry, the Orang Muda Katolik, was found on the evening of September 12 in Ilaga in the Puncak Jaya district of the province of Papua in Indonesia.

News of his death was released by the Commission for Youth Ministry of the Indonesian Bishops’ Conference.

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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.

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Two-year old shot in job dispute in Pakistan

Faisalabad (SE): A Muslim landowner in Nazimabad, Pakistan allegedly shot and killed a two-year-old Christian boy according to a May 11 report the Fides news agency.

A dispute arose when the child’s father, Samsoon Masih, refused to do further work at the home of Haji Rasheed, without first getting paid for painting his house.

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Calls for independent inquiry into murder of environmental advocate

SANTO DOMINGO (CNS): Authorities arrested four men implicated in the murder of Honduran environmental advocate, Berta Cáceres Flores (Sunday Examiner, March 27) on May 2. However, family members and Catholic organisations continue to call the international community to carry out its own investigation in one of the world’s most murderous countries.

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Priest shot dead in Congo

KINSHASA (SE): “Why are you killing me?” are believed to have been the last words spoken by Assumptionist Father Vincent Machozi as he faced the guns of the military on the night of March 20 in the village of Vitungwe-Isale, 15 kilometres from Butembo in the Territory of Beni, North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Priests charged with murder of rector

KOCHI (UCAN) : Police in southern India have accused four priests of being involved in the murder of the rector of a major seminary, Father K.J. Thomas, whose body was found in his room at St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary on 1 April 2013.

Police filed additional charges on November 27 in a Bangalore court naming seven people, including Father I. Anthappa, Father A. Thomas, Father Anbu John and Father Chowrappa Selvaraj, the police officer coordinating the investigation, Victor D’Souza, said.

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Turkish court sentences driver for 2010 murder of apostolic vicar

 

VATICAN CITY (CNS): A Turkish court sentenced Murat Altun to 15 years in prison for the 2010 murder of the apostolic vicar of Anatolia, Bishop Luigi Padovese. 

Altun, now 29-years-old, was the bishop’s driver. He was arrested and confessed almost immediately after the murder, although in the months after his arrest he gave several different explanations of why he stabbed and almost decapitated the bishop. 

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