He Served “with courage, braveness”: Bishop on Catholic Priest Killed at Tanzanian Parish

Late Fr. Pamphili Nada. Credit: Radio Maria Tanzania

The late Fr. Pamphili Nada, who was killed by a man suspected to be mentally challenged at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Karatu Parish of Tanzania’s Mbulu Diocese has been eulogized as a Priest who served “with courage and bravery”.

In a video recording, which the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) produced and published on Thursday, July 20, Bishop Anthony Gaspar Lagwen of Mbulu Diocese condoles with the people of God, underscoring the need to “take heart” and accept the death of Fr. Nada relying on “the strength of faith”. 

“Incidents of this kind do happen,” Bishop Lagwen says in reference to the Wednesday, July 19 tragedy in which one, identified as Leonard Romani, who accessed the Tanzanian Parish seeking to be prayed over, hit Fr. Nada with a heavy blunt object, according to Tanzania’s Azam TV.

Security officers manning the Tanzanian Catholic Parish prevented Mr. Romani from accessing the church premises, but eventually allowed him upon receiving instructions from Fr. Nada, Azam TV has reported.

“Upon entering the church building, Mr. Romani attacked the Priest with a heavy and blunt object,” Azam TV has cited eye witnesses, and added that angry members of the public stormed the church and beat up the Priest’s attacker to death. 


According to Vatican News, a security guard at the Parish rang the church bells when he realized that Fr. Romani had locked the church doors from inside and was attacking Fr. Nada, the Parish Priest of Our Lady Queen of Apostles Karatu Parish. 

“The Priest died while being taken to the hospital, and the suspect was killed by angry citizens after receiving information about the incident,” Arusha regional police chief commander, Justine Masejo, has been quoted as saying in reference to Dr. Frank-Karatu hospital.

In the TEC video recording, Bishop Lagwen eulogizes Fr. Nada as a Catholic Church leader, who “has been a spiritual father, known for his strong faith, and commitment, and keen on accomplishing his responsibilities with zeal, dedication, and bravery.”

Fr. Nada will be remembered by the way “he was in our midst as a man of service,” the Tanzanian Catholic Bishop says, adding that if God consecrates the late Priest in His Kingdom, “he will be a dependable intercessor before God for us.”

“Let’s pray for him so that God consecrates him,” Bishop Lagwen implores.

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Funeral Mass for the late Fr. Nada has been scheduled for Saturday, July 22 at the Blessed Virgin Mary Cathedral of Mbulu Diocese.

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