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Tuesday, July 4, 2006
Third priest Attacked in Turkey this Year

In addition to the murder of Fr. Andrea Santore, two other priests have been attacked in Turkey. One of them was just attacked last Sunday, July 2, 2006, in the Black Sea port of Samsun.

Fr. Pierre Brunissen, 74, was injured in the hip and leg and rushed to hospital, Msgr. Luigi Padovese, the apostolic vicar for Anatolia, told The Associated Press. The French priest lost a lot of blood but his condition is not life threatening.

"I hope this has nothing to with Islamic fundamentalism," Msgr. Padovese reportedly told the AP. "The climate has changed,” he was quoted as saying. “It is the Catholic priests that are being targeted."

Police detained the 47-year-old attacker, who has been described as mentally ill, the Anatolia news agency reported. The man was known to have complained about the priest for allegedly promoting Christian propaganda, the agency reported.   

Source: Catholic News Agency
Let us please say a prayer for him and for all our priests. As I posted about before, the Age of Martyrs continues.


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