Murdered Priest
Missionary priest killed in Sri Lanka

.- The SIR news agency is reporting that Father Nicholas Pillai Packiya Ranjith, a diocesan missionary priest, was killed in Sri Lanka by a mine detonated by remote control.

Father Ranjith coordinated the activities of the Jesuit Refugees Service, an international humanitarian organization of the Jesuits of the Diocese of Mannar, which is located in southern Sri Lanka.

At the time of the homicide, he was taking food and first aid supplies to an orphanage and to refugee camps in Vidathaltheevu.

According to the Jesuit Relief Service of Colombo, the priest was surprised by the explosion in a region controlled by the Tamil Homeland Liberation group.  His assistant, Christopher Jujin, who was also riding in the truck that displayed a white flag, is listed in critical condition.

The Diocese of Mannar issued a statement saying, “It’s not clear yet who committed the act but no matter who it was, we strongly condemn these acts of violence against the innocent.”  Archbishop Oswald Gomis of Colombo said, “Father Ranjith was a fearless, young and dynamic priest who always fought for the cause of justice.  His death is an irreparable loss for
the entire family of the Jesuit Relief Service.”

Since the outbreak of civil war in Sri Lanka in 1983, 68,000 people have been killed, 5,000 of which died in 2006, after the end of a four year-long truce.

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: