Twenty-eight pastoral workers were killed in 2016, according to Fides, the news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
The 28 include 14 priests, nine sisters, a seminarian, and four laity.
The majority were killed during armed robberies.
Twelve were killed in the Americas, eight in Africa, seven in Asia,
and one - Father Jacques Hamel, who was slain while celebrating Mass - in