AFRICA/TANZANIA - Acts of vandalism in the cathedral Saint Mary Queen of Peace

Thursday, 2 March 2023

Geita (Agenzia Fides) - "It was 1:56 pm on February 26 when Father Charles Kato, one of the resident priests of the episcopate, received a phone call from one of the guards asking him to go immediately to the cathedral . Upon arriving at the place, the guard informed the priest of the presence of a person inside the church who at that moment was running from one side of the presbytery to the sacristy, breaking and destroying everything in his path. This was directly communicated by the Bishop of Geita, Flavian Matindi Kassala, referring to the tragic event that occurred on February 26, when an unknown person broke into the cathedral during the night, destroyed property and liturgical ornaments, and desecrated the Blessed Sacrament, destroying the tabernacle. The police investigation is still ongoing, and it appears that the person in question acted alone.
Throughout the diocese, the entire Catholic community has been invited to pray. The cathedral will remain closed for Eucharistic celebrations until March 18.
The diocese of Geita is located in the north of Tanzania. Its territory includes the five civil districts of the new region with the same name, plus Sengerema, in the Mwanza region. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 2/3/2023)