AFRICA/TANZANIA - Catholic Church burned down: third place of Christian worship burned so far this year

Monday, 9 May 2016 persecutions  

Dar es Salaam (Agenzia Fides) - A Catholic church was burned to the ground in the northwest of Tanzania. We are talking about the church in Nyarwele, in the region of Kagera, in the extreme north-west of Tanzania, on the border with Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda.
According to the news recently sent to Agenzia Fides, the incident occurred on May 2. According to witnesses among the burnt items are church documents, chairs, tables, the psaltery and generators.
It is the third church in four months to be burned down, after the Tanzania Assemblies of God and Pentecostal Assemblies of God churches.
In September 2015, always in Kagera, in the space of a week six churches had been burned, including the Catholic Church of Kitundu.
"Those who think that destroying our church means we won’t pray, they are wrong… we have a big tree near the church and will continue meeting there for prayers", said Father Fortunatus Bijura, one of the priests who worked in the destroyed church.
His Exc. Mgr. Almachius Vicent Rweyongeza, Bishop of Kayanga appealed for calm and requested that locals co-operate with police to catch those responsible. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 09/05/2016)