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And so it begins

From several news sources:
The body of Polish missionary priest Fr Marek Rybinski was found this morning shoved in a closet with his throat slit in the Salesian school of Manouba, Tunisia.

The 33-year-old from Warsaw was last seen at around 1000h on the morning of February 17. When he failed to turn up for evening prayer that day, or Mass this morning, the Maltese director of the Salesian presence in Manouba, Fr Lawrence Essery, alerted the police.

The grim discovery was made shortly after by investigators.

Police did not comment on the motive of the murder.

The Maltese community of Salesians of Don Bosco has been responsible for the mission school for 700 children in Tunisia for over 20 years. Fr Marek Rybinski is survived by the other 2 Maltese missionaries in the community at La Manouba - Fr Mario Mule Stagno sdb and Fr Lawrence Essery sdb.
From AlJazeera:
Judging by the way the attack was carried out, the interior ministry said a group "embracing extremist orientations is behind this crime," adding that the priest's family and the Polish embassy in Tunisia have been informed.


  1. Anonymous10:05 AM

    Let's not forget the priests, their missions, and all the Christians in the Middle East.Too much is happening in that region of the world. Too much is happening everywhere!

    May the Good Lord have mercy on the soul of this young priest, and may Our Blessed Mother give confort to his family.

    Psalm 130
    Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.
    Let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.
    If Thou, O Lord, shalt observe iniquities; Lord, who shall endure it?
    For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
    and by reason of Thy law, I have waited for Thee, O Lord.
    My soul hath relied on His word; my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
    From the morning watch even until night, let Israel hope in the Lord.
    Because with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him plentiful redemption.
    And He shall redeem Israel from all her iniquities.

    [In conclusion]
    Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord,
    and let perpetual light shine upon them.
    Let us pray.
    O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful,
    grant to the souls of Thy servants departed the remission of all their sins,
    that through our pious supplication they may obtain that pardon
    which they have always desired;
    who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

  2. May God bring his murderers to justice

  3. Are there any prayer for the elimination of Islam?

  4. Anonymous2:32 PM

    The original version of the Prayer of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus contains a petition to convert those who langour in the darkness of Islam. I think it was John XXIII who removed this petition from the prayer, also the petition in the same prayer for the conversion of the Jews. Perhaps the presnet-day slaughter of christians in the mohammedan world is partially a result of the Church's no longer praying for their conversion.

  5. Anonymous3:03 PM

    Sangue martires - semen fidei!


  6. Xavier Rynne3:55 PM

    Islam is evil. Let's just say it.

  7. Anonymous5:46 PM

    Each and every day I pray for my suffering brothers and sisters in Communist and Moslem countries.

    May God rest his soul!


  8. The prayer to The Sacred Heart of Jesus invokes His name for an end to the darkness of Islam. Mohametanism is worse than communism because not only does it have militant global evangelising intentions but it also does this behind a facade of a true religion but in actual fact it has a false god and idolises a false prophet.

  9. Anonymous3:29 AM

    my prayers & heartfelt sympathy to Father's family, friends & fellow clergy...whoever is responsible for this vicious, horrific unjustified crime deserves to burn in hell...may Father rest in peace...

  10. Anonymous6:52 AM


    Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look upon us, humbly prostrate before thine altar.

    we are thine and thine we wish to be; but to be more surely united with Thee, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to thy most Sacred Heart.

    Many, indeed, have never known thy thee; many, too, despising thy precepts, have rejected thee.

    Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to thy Sacred Heart.

    Be thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken thee, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned thee; grant that they may quickly return to their Father's house, lest they die of wretchedness and hunger.

    Be thou King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to the harbour of Truth and unity of Faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one shepherd.

    Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry and Islamism, and refuse not to draw them into the light and kingdom of God. Turn thine eyes of mercy towards the children of that race, one thy chosen people. Of old they called down upon themselves the Blood of the Saviour; may it now descend upon them a laver of redemption and life.

    Grant, O Lord, to thy Church, assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the Divine Heart that wrought our salvation: to it be glory and honour forever. Amen.


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