Salesian Missionary Killed in South Africa

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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.



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.