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Young Catholic priest beaten to death in Poland

A 35-year-old Franciscan from Siedlce (Masovian Voivodeship) is dead. He was fatally beaten at night in the park. He died in the hospital. He has been a priest for nine years, and has been in the convent for 16 years.


According to, the monk was to go to the park for a walk, from which he did not return to the monastery. His absence was noticed by the confreres only on Friday. According to local media, the beaten 35-year-old was spotted in the park by a passerby who called the emergency services.

The police do not comment on this matter and do not provide any information, refer them to the prosecutor’s office. We have not been able to contact the Siedlce prosecutor’s office, which is investigating the case, until the publication.

According to the KAI agency, Fr Maksymilian Adam Świerżewski from the Province of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual (Franciscans) in Warsaw came from the parish of Of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Częstochowa in Szumów, in the deanery of Zambrów in the diocese of Łomża. “He departed to the Lord at the age of 35, in his 16th religious life and 9th as a priest,” we read in the release.


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