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Catholic seminarian killed in the Indonesian province of Papua


Jayapura (Agenzia Fides) – Christmas 2020 was saddened by a serious episode for Catholics in Papua. On the evening of 24 December, the lifeless body of Zhage Sil, a Catholic seminarian, was found in a ditch in Jayapura, a in the Indonesian province of Papua. According to the local police, the perpetrators of the crime are still unknown.

The news of Sil’s death shocked Catholics in Papua and throughout Indonesia, who hope that light will be shed on the tragic episode. Beka Ulung Hapsara, National Commissioner for Human Rights in Indonesia asked that “the police quickly investigate and find the perpetrators of the murder. There is an urgent need to apply the law in a fair and transparent manner”.

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