They lived their faith with humility and courage, without fanfare, often in contexts of extreme poverty.
According to the data compiled by Fides
news agency the 12 pastoral workers killed in 2012 include 10 priests,
one religious and one lay person.
the fourth consecutive year, the place most affected, with an extremely
elevated number of pastoral workers killed is America, where six
priests were killed.
Following is Africa, where three priests and a
religious sister were killed.
Then, Asia where a priest and a lay woman
Most of these men and women were killed in robbery
attempts. Others were attacked in the street. There is also the case of
Don Anastasius Nsherenguzi who was killed, in Tanzania in an attempt to
divide young people involved in a heated fight.
Or the case of the lay
woman Conchita Francisco, who was shot to death in front of the
cathedral of Bongao, in the southern Philippines, a heartland of Islamic
rebels, terrorists and criminals.
Added to this sad and
provisional list drawn up annually by Fides, are the many unknown
victims in every corner of the planet who suffer and pay for their faith
in Christ with their lives, the "cloud of unknown soldiers of the great
cause of God "in the words of Blessed John Paul II. Fides also points
out that from 2001 to 2011 281 pastoral workers were killed, while in
the previous decade 604 missionaries were killed.