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21 missionaries who died for the faith in 2007

ICC Note: This story highlights several missionaries who were killed while sharing God’s love in extremely difficult situations.

1/2/08 Rome ( – In a year-end account of missionary deaths, the Fides news service has named 21 Church workers who died for the faith in 2007.

The Fides report lists the priests, religious, and seminarians who were killed during the year. The report notes that the number is slightly down from the 24 who died in 2006, and the 25 in 2005.

Because the circumstances of their deaths were different– and in several cases unclear– Fides does not refer to the 21 people who died as “martyrs.” But the report notes that each of them “without a doubt made a radical decision: to be witnesses of God’s Love often in situations of violence, degradation, material and spiritual poverty, total disrespect for the dignity and rights of the human person.” … [Go to Full Story]