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TheBrazilian priest Ruben Almeida Gonsálves was alsokilled by a manon May 20 afterthe priest refused torent the halls of his church.

Thepriests Wasim Sabieh and Thaier Saad Abdal died in theOctober 31 attack onthe Syrian Catholic Cathedral of Baghdad. They died whiletrying to protect localfamiliesand children from their attackers.

Thelast one killed for religious reasonsis ChristianBakulene who wasmurdered in the Democratic Republic of theCongo just for beinga priest.

The other 18 died duringrobberies or acts of vengeance.


The country withthe most murdered missionaries this year was in Brazilwith 5 murders,followed by Colombia with three, and thenMexico, China, Congo and Iraq, eachwith two.


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