The Catholic community of the African island nation of Zanzibar ruled by Tanzania is in shock over the murder of Fr. Evarist Mushi, a Catholic priest, by gunmen on February 17. Based on a police report, confirmed by Bishop Augustine Ndeliakyama Shao, that the priest was shot dead while parking his car outside St Joseph’s parish church. It was 7:00 a.m and the priest was headed to celebrate the first Sunday mass of Lent in his parish. The gunmen were apparently waiting for him and fled the scene on a motorbike.
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