Thousands of people gathered on Wednesday for the funeral of an American priest murdered last week, allegedly in retaliation for his outspoken criticism of some government officials.
    Fr John Kaiser, a Mill Hill Missionary who had worked in Kenya for 36 years, was found shot in the back of the head by the side of road near Naivasha, 100 km west of Nairobi. He had implicated two government ministers in a series of violent tribal clashes.
    "I have never seen anything like this before. It's a dreadful tragedy but John's martyrdom will far outweigh his murder," said Carolita Mahoney, Father Kaiser's sister.
    3000 packed the cathedral to hear letters of condolence from Pope John Paul II and the US ambassador. Ambassador Johnnie Carson promised that the US government would work to find, punish, and prosecute the persons responsible for the crime. Already, four FBI agents have been sent to Kenya to assist in the investigation.
    Archbishop Giovanni Tonucci, the papal nuncio in Kenya, said: "In recent days he probably felt that he was in danger, he understood his violent death was approaching. He could have gone, but he chose to remain in his place to fulfill his mission and to complete the gift of himself."
1 Sep 00

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