AFRICA/IVORY COAST - Church calls for justice for Faustine Brou N’Guessan, parish secretary killed in her office

Monday, 19 August 2019 violence  

Abidjan (Agenzia Fides) - "Let there be full light on the murder of Faustine Brou N’Guessan. The Church is merciful, but mercy is carried out through justice", said Fr. Augustin Obrou, at the head of the social communications of the Archdiocese of Abidjan, in a statement on the murder of Mrs Faustine Brou N’Guessan, secretary of the parish of Sainte-Cécile du Vallon, stabbed to death in her parish office, on 10 August.
Speaking on behalf of His Eminence, Cardinal Jean-Pierre Kutwa, Archbishop of Abidjan, Fr. Obrou has asked the faithful to be vigilant. "Our parishes have security agents, but we invite the faithful to highlight anything strange regarding the people who come to our churches. It is true that churches are places of gathering, people will not be searched in order not to create alarm, but some behaviors force us to be more careful".
The killing of the secretary of the parish of Sainte-Cécile du Vallon was preceded by the desecration of some statues of the Virgin Mary and attacks against priests and laity engaged in parish services.
The agonizing body of Faustine Brou N’Guessan, was found in a pool of blood around 11 am on August 10th in her office in the Jean Pierre Cardinal Kutwa building of the parish. Taken to the nearest clinic, unfortunately, she died soon after. The sixty-year-old mother of a daughter and for thirty years secretary in the parish of Sainte-Cécile du Vallon, was going to retire this year. (S.S.) (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 19/8/2019)