Italian Bishop murdered in Kenya; police, Vatican still asking why?

.- The Vatican has announced that Bishop Luigi Locati, Apostolic vicar of Isiolo (Kenya)  was shot dead as he returned home from a parish center last night. Both local police and the Vatican say they are still trying to find out why the 76-year old bishop--an Italian--was killed.

Bishop Locati was named head of the Diocese of Zica nine years ago and had presented his resignation two years ago having reached the official retirement age. He was still awaiting a successor.

Reports say the prelate died about an hour and a half after being shot in the northern town of Isiolo, about 155 miles from Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

The Bishop had survived two previous attacks, including a home-made bomb placed at his residence less than a year ago. 

Kenyan police detained on Friday two men for questioning over the murder of  the veteran Italian missionary.

The two were held and 18 rounds of ammunition recovered during investigations into Thursday evening's murder of Bishop Locati,  senior police officer Robert Kipkemei Kitur said.

Locati's death followed a week of clan violence in the lawless Marsabit district, just south of the Ethiopian border, in which at least 75 people were killed. But Kenyan churchman Martin Kivuva said he did not believe Locati was targeted as a result of the Marsabit bloodshed.

"Everything is possible, but people think the murder of Monsignor Locati was not connected with that violence," he told MISNA, an Italian missionary news wire.

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?)

Featured Videos

#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon

Liturgical Calendar

July 28, 2014

Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:31-35


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Jer 13: 1-11
Gospel:: Mt 13: 31-35

Saint of the Day

St. Victor I, Pope »


Homily of the Day

Mt 13:31-35


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: