Jenal is a Franciscan Sister of Divine Providence who has been recognized for her work against sorcery accusation violence and for helping victims.
In an unpublished essay provided to CNA through Bishop Lippert, Jenal said that the three women tortured on Easter Sunday are mothers and "respected women with dignity" in Pomberel.
"The three women are recovering from their physical torture, but the trauma of all the rest that happened is far from being healed, it possibly takes a lifetime," Jenal said.
She noted that there are currently 76 survivors and 12 victims of murder due to sorcery accusation violence in the Southern Highlands province. And these are just the cases they know about.
The Catholic parish in Pomberel is doing what it can to help victims and to speak out against SAV. Jenal said the church organizes a team of lay men and women, together with other Christian denominations, "to confront this evil that is harming our community."
The group is also in the process of constructing a "House of Hope," a safe place for SAV victims and victims of other kinds of violence to go after receiving medical treatment.
The religious sister also recounted an act of healing which took place in the community at the end of May.
After the liturgy on Pentecost Sunday, the Catholic community "who wished to practice what we had just celebrated, marched with singing and prayers to the place of torture to offer the peace and forgiveness that the Risen Lord breathed into His disciples -- and to call for an end to sorcery accusation violence and violence of every kind!" she recounted.
"We had only one rule: no knives, no sticks, no weapons, no stones, only a heart filled with the fire of the Spirit, with the flame of love," she continued. "Along the way, others joined the procession -- even the street boys and those playing cards at the side of the road."
"Many in that place were deeply moved and, most importantly, their leaders made a commitment that they would never participate in this kind of violence again," Jenal said.
Lippert has also been doing a series of posts on his social media accounts to start a discussion about the issue among local people.
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"The more we are able to get people to encounter the power of the Risen Jesus, of the Risen Christ, the more they will be able to realize that [sorcery accusation-related violence] has no place," he said.
People do not need to fear curses and sorcery, he said, because "they are protected by Jesus who has already won the battle against Satan and against sin and against all evil."
"I think from that perspective, we have to continue to help people know the person of Jesus."