Pemba, 30 June, 2021 / 8:00 pm (ACI Africa).
About two months after the deadly March attack in Palma town in Northern Mozambique, Paulo Agostinho Matica arrived in the Catholic Diocese of Pemba, South of the country, bearing a package that he considered “as a precious treasure” of the Church.
The Catechist and Animator of St. Benedict Parish in Palma narrated to Catholic Pontifical Organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) United States how he struggled to save important Church documents from the Parish, only surviving by a whisker when the town was attacked by militants, forcing civilians to flee.
The Pontifical charity reports on Tuesday, June 29 the jubilation in the Catholic Diocese of Pemba when the Apostolic Administrator, Bishop António Juliasse Ferreira, received the Parish registers containing records of all the marriages and baptisms, which Catechist Agostinho had salvaged from St. Benedict Parish.
Bishop Juliasse praised the Catechist’s courage and determination, saying, “I had already heard of the dedication of this catechist of ours in the parish of Saint Benedict in Palma, but I’m filled with admiration for the fact that he also made the effort to save the parish registers.”
The Mozambican Bishop emphasized the courage Catechist Agostinho had shown in risking his own life to salvage these records “at such a difficult moment of attacks, shooting, killing and fleeing.”