Pope Francis distressed at murder of "devout nuns"
Pope Francis has spoken of his distress over the deaths of three Xaverian Missionary Sisters of Mary, who were murdered in two separate attacks in their residence in Burundi.
Sr Lucia Pulici, 75, and Sr Olga Raschietti, 82, were found dead on 7th September in their mission residence in the capital of Bujumbura.
Sr Bernadetta Bogianni, 79, who had found the bodies, was killed the next night.
It is believed both times burglars had entered the residence and assaulted the sisters.
In telegrams sent to Archbishop Evariste Ngoyagoye of Bujumbura and Sister Ines Frizza superior general of the Xaverian Missionary Sisters of Mary, the Pope expressed his sadness concerning the “tragic deaths of these faithful and devout nuns.”
The three missionary sisters had been working in Burundi, helping the poor and the sick, for the past seven years, Vatican Radio reported.