December 31, 2010.
that during the year 2010, 23 missionaries have died in violent
circumstances, five of them for religious reasons. The number is much
lower from 2009 when
37 missionaries were killed.
Among those who
were killed for religious reasons is the
Italian archbishop Luigi Padovese, who
served as the president of the Turkish
Bishops' Conference. He was stabbed by his
driver on June 3, who according to police
had no apparent motive.
Brazilian priest Ruben Almeida Gonsálves was also
killed by a man
on May 20 after
the priest refused to
rent the halls of his church.
priests Wasim Sabieh and Thaier Saad
Abdal died in the
October 31 attack on
the Syrian Catholic Cathedral of Baghdad. They died while
trying to protect local
and children from their attackers.
last one killed for religious reasons
Bakulene who was
murdered in the Democratic Republic of the
Congo just for being
The other 18 died during
robberies or acts of vengeance.
The country with
the most murdered missionaries this year was in Brazil
with 5 murders,
followed by Colombia with three, and then
Mexico, China, Congo and Iraq, each