|East Timor||MILITIAMEN HAUNTED BY GUILT SEEK CONFESSION|
Many pro-Indonesia militiamen are haunted by guilt after being forced to kill innocent people in East Timor, according to a religious brother.
Our Lady of Mercy Brother Franciscus Lengkong, head of his congregation's community house in Dili, said that at the height of the atrocities in East Timor following the attack on the home of Bishop Carlos Belo, many militiamen sought priests to confess their sins.
"They came to our community house every day asking us to hear their confessions. But we told them we are not priests and that they should seek priests still staying in town," Brother Lengkong told UCA News.
Our Lady of Mercy Sister Marliana Laia said that protection from some pro-Indonesia militiamen enabled her sisters to move about freely in Dili, although other members of the militia specifically targeted church personnel.
She said that when her nuns discovered their convent had been looted, they found a burning candle before the statue of the Blessed Mother Mary.
The Aitarak (pro-Indonesia militia) commander Eurico Guterez promised her that he would protect convents, churches, rectories and other Church properties, and insisted that if those facilities were torched, it would be "the work of the communists" and not of his militiamen.
UCAN 12:05pm 29/9/99