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Two Catholic nuns murdered in South Sudan

The nuns lost their lives in an attack on a group of sisters last Sunday. Pope Francis is "deeply saddened" by their assassination, Catholic News Agency reports.


“His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the brutal attack on a group of Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus last Sunday, resulting in the deaths of Sister Marie Abud and Sister Regina Roba,” wrote the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin in a telegram sent to Bishop Mark Kadima of the Apostolic Nunciature in South Sudan and circulated by the Press Office of the Holy See on August 17, 2021.

Several people including the two nuns were killed in an ambush by armed men in South Sudan along the Juba-Nimule road, the BBC reports. The two sisters were returning to Juba, the country’s capital, in a private minibus after participating in the centenary celebrations of a parish in the east of the country. According to British media, this road has been the scene of a number of deadly attacks on trade convoys in the past, and murders of foreign nationals.

The pope denounces the “senseless act of violence” and offers “his sincere condolences” to the families of the victims and to the Congregation of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart. “Their sacrifice will advance the cause of peace, reconciliation and security in the region,” he promises through his secretary of state.

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