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Jesuits Martyrs in Africa

Jesuits have a tradition of working in some of the most dangerous places and in Africa they can be very often be found in conflict areas or where their lives are in danger. At the moment fathers and brothers are working in nearly all 54 countries on the continent, including the conflict regions of South Sudan, Eastern Congo, Syria, and Chad. We should draw inspiration and pray for those who have given everything to live in the spirit of Christ
  1. Fr. Chrysologus Mahame, 67, was the first Rwandan Jesuit killed on 10 the April in 1994 in Kigali during the the Rwandan Genocide.
  2. Fr. Patrick Gahizi, 48, was a Tutsi whose family had been exiled from Rwanda into Burundi, where he grew up was also killed on 10th of April, 1994.
  3. Fr. Innocent Rutagambwa, 46, was of mixed Tutsi-Hutu parentage. He had just finished a term as assistant to the Jesuit provincial superior in Zaire. Was also killed on the 10th of April, in 1994.
  4. Fr. Desmond Paul Donovan, a 50-year-old Jesuit who was abducted and killed near Salisbury in Zimbabwe on January 15, 1978.
  5. The Jesuit, Fr. Gonçalo da Silveira, killed on 16 March, 1561. He was the first missionary in Southern Africa and first martyr of the Christian faith. He began his mission work at Sofala, Mozambique.
  6. Fr. Jacques Berthieu, a French Jesuit (1838-1896), priest and missionary in Madagascar, was declared a blessed martyr of faith and chastity by Pope Paul VI in 1965 during the Second Vatican Council. He will be canonized in Rome on October 21st with six other Blessed.
  7. Fr. Emil Jouret, Jesuit, aged 82, was stabbed to death in his residence on the 28th of August 2001, in Kikwit the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  8. Fr. Bruno Raharison, a Jesuit priest of Malagasy nationality, killed on Sunday, September 30, 2012 in Antananarivo. He was the treasurer of the congregation of John XXIII Mahamasina, he was murdered during a robbery in the street.
  9. Fr. Elie Koma, a Burundian Jesuit was shot dead on on Saturday 4th February, 2006 in an exchange of gunfire between suspected rebel militiamen and the army on his way back home.
  10. Fr. Nicolas Eklou Komla, a Jesuit scholastic of Togolese nationality, was murdered on Sunday, December 5, 2010. on Belair Street, Mont Ngafula, on the outskirts of Kinshasa, capital of Democratic Republic of Congo.
  11. Fr. Christopher Shepard-Smith, 33, a Briton born in East Africa, murdered on 7th February, 1977, in Zimbabwe in what is called The St. Paul Massacre Musami.
  12. Fr Martin Thomas, 45, from London, murdered on 7th February, 1977, in Zimbabwe in what is called The St. Paul Massacre Musami.
  13. Br. Brother John SJ, who had worked for the Church for 23 years, 7th February, 1977, in Zimbabwe in what is called The St. Paul Massacre, Musami.
  14. Fr Jose Manuel Rubio Diaz's body was discovered near a mission station in south-eastern Rhodesia. Father Diaz, who was 58, was born in Spain, and had worked in Rhodesia for 28 years.
  15. Rt. Rev. Adolf Schmitt, 71, was the former Roman Catholic Bishop of Bulawayo, Killed on December 5, 1976.
  16. Fr. Possenti Weingarten , also killed in the above incidence with Rt. Rev. Adolf Schmitt on Dec. 5th 1976.
  17. Fr. René De Haes SJ, 71, killed on 7th May, 2005 in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo was on his way home when he was shot by men dressed in military uniform. Fr De Haes, 71, was the rector of the international Jesuit study centre Saint Pierre Canisius in Kimwenza, some 30 kilometres from the capital.
  18. Archbishop Christophe Munzihirwa of Bukavu, Congo, killed on 29th October,1996. He was among the early victims of the Rwandan troops who poured into the Eastern part of what was then Zaire. This was during the Congo Wars, which flared off and on between 1995 and 2003, involved eight nations and roughly 25 armed groups, producing a staggering total of 5.4 million deaths.

If you have more information on these or any other Jesuit Brothers and Fathers please submit it to the author.

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