#BreakingNews Attack on 7 Priests in their Diocesan House by 10 Armed Men in Papua New Guinea - Bishop Calls for Dialogue
An attack on Diocesan house of Priests in Papua New Guinea in Oceania occurred on March 19, 2021. "It was 2 am and, after a brief fight between fifty criminals and 5 local policemen, more than ten armed people entered the house of the diocesan priests where 11 of our priests and a deacon are staying". This is what Mgr. Rolando C. Santos, CM, Bishop of the diocese of Alotau-Sideia, wrote to Agenzia Fides, referring to an episode of violence that took place on March 19 at the John Sinou House. (excerpt from Agenzia Fides)
"After having broken the side door of the house they attacked 7 of our priests - says the Bishop -, they entered their rooms and stole their laptops, cell phones, cash and other valuables. They took away a new outboard motor, solar panels, projector and a TV. As a result of continuous blows to the head, a Filipino missionary lost a lot of blood. Taken to hospital, he is now in stable conditions. Another young local priest was stabbed, yet another was severely beaten up. The others were slightly injured. All are traumatized by this attack".
FULL TEXT Release by Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea
26 March 2021