Fides news agency presents report on missionary deaths in 2006

.- The official news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples issued its annual report on December 30 listing the names of missionaries who were killed while carrying out their work during 2006.

“According to the information we have,” the document indicates, “this year 24 persons were killed, one less than in 2005, they were priests, religious and lay pastoral workers.”

The Fides list includes not only missionaries in a strict sense, but “also local church personnel who died a violent death, preferring to offer their lives rather than give up their witness and apostolate.”

The report explains that the word “martyrs” is intentionally not used in order to steer clear of the assessment that the Church will eventually provide and also because of the lack of information in most cases about the lives of each individual and even the circumstances surrounding their deaths.

Despite this, the news agency said it asks the Church, “to pray for them and to remember their sacrifice, known to God, for all they did to foster the growth of the Church all over the world at the service of human promotion and evangelisation.”

The highest number of deaths occurred in Africa, where nine priests, one religious and one lay Catholic were killed in 2006.  The country where most priests were killed was Kenya, with three deaths, followed by Nigeria with two.  The only religious to be killed in Africa was Sister Leonella Sgorbati of Missionaries of the Consolata, who died in Mogadishu (Somalia).  One lay Catholic who was killed in Mozambique was of Portuguese origin.

Six priests, one religious and one layperson were killed in the Americas in 2006.

In Asia two priests, one religious and one layperson lost their lives last year, and in Oceania one member of the Brothers of St. John of God was killed in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

The Fides report also noted that the long list of unnamed witnesses to the faith that were killed in 2006 should also be remembered.

The entire report can be found at:

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic

Liturgical Calendar

April 21, 2014

Monday within the Octave of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 28:8-15


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Acts 2:14, 22-33
Gospel:: Mt 28:8-15

Saint of the Day

Holy Thursday »


Homily of the Day

Mt 28:8-15


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: