Salesian Missionary Killed in South Africa

ROME, NOV. 20, 2002 (Zenit.org).- An Irish Salesian missionary priest who worked on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa, was killed in an apparent robbery.

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Father Declan Collins, 50, died after being struck on the head Saturday next to the parish of Ennerdale. He was carrying about $50 at the time, authorities said.

«In all probability it was a robbery,» the Salesian vicar general, Father Luc Van Looy, told the Misna missionary agency.

Father Collins was a late vocation. He left his banking job and went to South Africa to do missionary work between 1985 and 1986. He was ordained a priest in 1990, and began to work in the Ennerdale parish last year, where he helped young people and the unemployed.

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