Vatican, 27 October, 2022 / 8:53 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis has condemned “the unacceptable assault” on the Catholic Mission hospital in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that resulted in the loss of seven lives, including that of a Catholic Nun.
Sr. Dr. Marie-Sylvie Kavuke Vakatsuraki was among the seven people that were killed during the October 20 attack when alleged members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) raided Maboya village, targeting, among others, the “Centre de Santé de Référence de Maboya”, which is a health facility of Diocesan Office of Medical Works (BDOM) of DRC’s Butembo-Beni Diocese.
“I express my firm regret at the unacceptable assault that took place in recent days in Maboya, in the province of North Kivu, where defenseless people were killed, including a religious engaged in health care,” the Holy Father said at the end of his general audience, Wednesday, October 26.
Pope Francis called for prayers for the victims of the attack and their families as well as the Christian community in the Congolese region who he said “have been exhausted by violence for too long.”
The attack on the Catholic hospital was, reportedly, carried out by ADF members under the leadership of a Muslim who abandoned his Christian faith.