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Catholic seminarian was killed in Papua on Christmas Eve

Indonesia Church

On the evening of the 24th of December, the lifeless body of Zhage Sil, a Catholic seminarian, was found in a ditch in Jayapura, in the Indonesian province of Papua.


According to local police, the identity of the perpetrators is still unknown.

The news of Sil’s death shocked Catholics in Papua and throughout Indonesia, who hope that light will be shed on the tragic episode. The community of Sorong-Manokwari, the diocese to which Sil belonged, received numerous messages of condolence from religious and lay leaders who strongly condemn the atrocious act.

“I am shocked by his sudden and tragic death. He would have become a deacon next year and a diocesan priest immediately after”, said Fr. Johan, parish priest in the diocese of Jayapura, Papua.

Fr. Johan, who knew Sil personally, added: “He was a courageous person who cared about people’s needs and was not afraid to raise his voice, especially when it came to justice. We hope to receive clear news about his death soon”.


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