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23 missionaries murdered during 2010

The 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.The 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 families and children from their attackers.The last one killed for religious reasons is Christian Bakulene who was murdered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo just for being a priest.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 with two.JMB/AE