Morogoro, 30 April, 2020 / 4:15 am (ACI Africa).
St. Mary’s Modeco, one of the parishes in Tanzania’s Catholic diocese of Morogoro was closed early this week following an incident of desecration during the early hours of Monday, April 27, and Mass is being celebrated at the parish hall, Priests ministering at the parish have told ACI Africa.
“The Apostolic Administrator of Morogoro Diocese, Fr. Lazarus Msimbe was here on Monday and having consulted with the Apostolic Nuncio and the Bishop responsible for Liturgy at the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC), closed the Parish church,” the Assistant Parish Priest, Fr. Pius Onyango told ACI Africa Wednesday, April 29.
Fr. Pius, a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), narrated the events leading to the closure of the Parish church, relying on the account of the security guard on the night of the robbery and desecration.
The Monday 1 a.m. incident involved at least seven men who accessed the church premises through the back gate after one of them jumped over the wall and cut the padlock, “giving access to the gang,” the Kenyan-born Cleric said, adding in reference to the gang “They were violent on the watchman.”
“They broke into the Church, struggled to remove the tabernacle from the wall where it was fitted, broke into the sacristy where they took the key to the tabernacle,” Fr. Pius recounted and added, “The tabernacle had three ciboriums with the Blessed Sacrament.”