Nun slain in Moluccas convent

The Catholic community in Ambon is in mourning after an intruder killed a young Catholic nun at her convent near the troubled Indonesian province of Ambon, Moluccas.

The 33-year-old Sister, a member of a community of Daughters of the Sacred Heart, caught an intruder in the convent who reacted violently by stabbing her with a knife, Fides reports.

When the other Sisters found her she was in a serious condition. She was rushed to hospital where she died.

Special prayers were said in every parish in Ambon and at the nun's funeral there were also prayers for world peace. According to local sources religion was not the reason for the crime. The nun's murderer, not yet identified, is thought to have been a common thief.

In 1999-2002 Ambon was the scene of inter-religious clashes between resident Protestant Christians and immigrant Muslims in which as many as 15,000 people were killed.

The Catholic Church acted as a mediator to promote reconciliation. Today tension between the two communities has subsided and Ambon is calm. However, according to local sources, there are isolated attempts by extremists to rekindle the conflict.

Catholic sister stabbed to death in Moluccas Islands convent (Fides 14/3/06)

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16 Mar 2006