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The martyrology of the Church of the 21st century - 2002


NationalityInstitutePlace/date of death

Archbishop Isaias Duarte Cancino

of Cali (Colombia), shot dead 16 March 2002 after celebrating Mass in a parish of his archdiocese.

Fr Declan O'Toole

Irish Mill Hill Missionary, killed in an ambush on 21 March in the region of Kotido (Uganda).

Fr Boniface

Congolese, killed in Goma (Democratic Congo) 24 March, during Palm Sunday when unidentified persons threww bombs among the public. A little girl called Karine was also killed.

Fr Juan Ramon Nunez

Colombian, parish priest Argentina (department of Huila) in Colombia, killed on 6 April during Mass.

Fr. Roger Morin

Canadian, Sacred Heart Brothers, killed on 12 April at Fianarantsoa (Madagascar) during street riots

Fr. Alois Lintner

Italian fidei donum, killed on 16 May at San Salvador da Bahia (Brazil).

Fr. Arley Arias Garcia

Colombian, killed on 18 May in am ambush in Florencia (Colombia), he was president of local peace junta, he was trying to bring the paramilitary and guerilla to negotiations

Fr. Jorge Altafulla

from Panama, assassinated il 19 May Panama (Panama).

Fr. José Ilario Arango

Colombian, killed on 27 June a Cali (Colombia), after celebrating Mass.

Sister Marta Ines Velez Serna

Colombian, of the Poor Sisters of Saint Peter Claver, killed on 14 July at Mogotes-Santander (Colombia)

Carlos Herrao Jiménez

seminarian Colombian, killed 21 July in Medellin (Colombia).

Brother Ivo M. Dominique Lascanne

from France, Little Brothers of the Gospel, founder of the Foyer of Hope for street children in Yaounde, found dead on 30 July near Maroua (Cameroon), by one of the boys he had saved from the streets.

Fr Pierre Tondo

Burundian, parish priest of Kiguhu in the diocese of Ruyigi, murdered 5 August by armed bandits who stopped his car on the road for Gitega, made the priest get out and then shot him dead.

Sister Cecilia

Chaldean nun killed on 15 August in Baghdad (Iraq).

Fr. Jean Guth

from France, of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, kidnapped on 31 March in Mayama (near Brazzaville, Congo). He died in captivity 10 August.

Fr. Augustin Geve

first Catholic priest from the Solomon Islands, killed 20 August killed Guadalcanal, (country uncertain) where he had gone to mediate peace talks.

Leonardo Muakalia Livongue

Angolan seminary, killed by robbers 8 September Malanje (Angola).

Fr. José Luis Arroyave

Colombian, killed in Medellin (Colombia) 20 September: he was head of diocesan social development programmes in the poorest districts of Medellin.

Fr. Jorge Sanchez Ramirez

Colombian, diocese Antioquia (Colombia) killed in the Valle del Cauca 27 September

Fr. José Luis Cardenas

assassinated at Chalan, department of Sucre (Colombia) 17 October shortly after celebrating Mass

Fr.Gabriel Arias Posadas

Vicario general of Armenia diocese, (Colombia) killed on 18 October department of Caldas (Colombia) where he had gone to negotiate the release of a hostage.

Alberto Neri Fernandez

from Uruguay, lay Focolarino , killed by thieves in Brazil il 19 October

Fr. Declan Collins

Irish Salesian, killed by thieves on 16 November in Johannesburg (South Africa), where he was parish priest and very much involved in helping the poor.

Fr. James Iyere

of the archdiocese of Kaduna (Nigeria), killed 29 November from serious wounds and burns during riots in Kaduna.

Fr. Jean Claude Kilamong

from Central African Republic, he was stopped by rebels in Bossangoa on 8 December, his lifeless body was found the next day.

bishops: 1
priests: 18
brothers: 1
nuns: 2
Seminarians: 2
consecrated Laity: 1

Countries of origin

Europe: 5
Asia: 1
America: 14
Africa: 5

Place of death

Asia: 1
America: 14
Africa: 10



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