Pope Sends Condolences On the Murder of Missionary Nuns



 Murder of Missionary Nuns – Bujumbura — Pope Francis has sent telegrams expressing his condolences for the violent deaths of three Xaverian Missionary sisters in Burundi.

Murder of Missionary Nuns

 Murder of Missionary Nuns – The telegrams dated Monday September 8, signed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Secretary of State of the Holy See were addressed to Archbishop Evariste Ngoyagoye of Bujumbura archdiocese and to Sister Ines Frizza, Superior General of the Xaverian Missionary Sisters of Mary.

“His Holiness Pope Francis has learned with great sadness of the murder of three nuns, Sr Bernadetta Bogiann, Sr Lucia Pulici and Sr Olga Raschietti, who were in the pastoral service of the parish of Saint Guido Maria Conforti in Bujumbura,” read the Pope’s telegram to Archbishop Evariste Ngoyagoye of Bujumbura, Burundi.

The second telegramto Sr Ines Frizza, Superior General of the Xaverian Missionary Sisters of Mary read:”Deeply saddened by the tragic death of the Xaverian Missionary Sisters killed in Burundi, the Holy Father wishes to assure his heartfelt participation in the profound suffering of the Congregation for the loss of such dedicated sisters and, in the hope that the blood they have shed may become the seed of hope to build true fraternity between peoples, raises fervent prayers for the eternal repose of their souls and for their generous witness of the Gospel.”

Two of the Xaverian Missionaries of Mary Sisters, 75 year old Lucia Pulici – who had been due to celebrate her birthday Monday September 8 – and 82 year old Olga Raschietti, were found dead in their mission of Kamenge on Sunday, September 7.

The third, 79 year old Sr Bernardetta Boggian, was discovered early Monday by Fr Mario Pulcini who had rushed to the convent after a panicked phone call from the sisters who had heard unusual noises in the house.

The three nuns had been working in Burundi for the last seven years.

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