Priest kidnapping in Sudan heightens tensions

| January 19, 2012

Khartoum, Sudan, Jan 18, 2012 / 01:01 am (CNA).- A truckload of attackers kidnapped two Catholic priests from their rectory in Sudan on Jan. 15, causing fears for their safety at a time of continued regional tensions.

The attack took place at St. Josephine Bakhita’s Catholic Church in the town of Rabak, south of Khartoum. The perpetrators, who arrived in a large truck, smashed through the gates of the parish compound and broke down the rectory door.

The victims of the kidnapping are Fr. Joseph Makwey, who is in his 40s, and Fr. Sylvester Mogga, who is in his mid-thirties, according to Aid to the Church in Need.

The assailants also looted the property, taking electronics and valuables like laptops and other computer equipment.

The two priests’ whereabouts are still unknown.

“We are worried about the two priests,” said Auxiliary Bishop Daniel Adwok Kur of Khartoum.

 

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