Cardinal Preaching Pope's Retreat Loses Nephew to Violence

Slain Feb. 22 in Johannesburg

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ROME, MARCH 2, 2012 (Zenit.org).- The cardinal who has been preaching Benedict XVI's annual Lenten retreat this week has just lost a nephew to violence, the Fides agency reported Thursday.

A nephew of Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, archbishop of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, was killed in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Feb. 22.

The president of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference and archbishop of Johannesburg, Archbishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale, sent his condolences to the Monsengwo family, Fides reported.

"The loss of any life by violence is not according to the will of God," Archbishop Tlhagale affirmed. "The fact that another life is lost in Johannesburg -- whoever it is -- is very sad."