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Nun killed in terrorist attack in Mozambique

Eighty-four-year-old Sister Maria De Coppi had served as a Catholic missionary in Mozambique for nearly 60 years.

An Italian nun was among the victims of a terrorist attack in the city of Chipene, Mozambique, on Tuesday. Sister Maria De Coppi was 84 years old and had served as a missionary in Mozambique since 1963.

According to Reuters, a group of insurgents tore through Chipene while fleeing from a joint force of soldiers from Mozambique, Rwanda, and the Southern African Development Community. In a statement, Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi noted that they took the lives of Sr. Maria and six others before setting fires to residences: 

“On the 6th of September, as a result of terrorist attacks, six citizens were beheaded, three kidnapped, six terrorists were captured and dozens of houses torched in the districts of Erati and Memba, Nampula province,” Nyusi said.

Vatican News reports that the attack occurred in the late evening of September 6. The assailants gained entry to the compound of Comboni Mission of Chipene and entered the nun’s living quarters. It was then that they executed Sister Maria, shooting her in the head. 

After this they set fire to much of the mission facility, including the Catholic church, residence, and hospital. In the ensuing chaos, two other nuns and a priest were reported to have escaped the fire and the terrorists unscathed. 

Now, Sister Maria is being mourned by the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus. Sr. Enza Carini, Secretary General of the community, said in a statement: 

“Let us pray for the eternal rest of our Sister,” Sr. Enza Carini said. “She will certainly intercede for the Mozambican people and for peace in this country that she loved so much.”


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