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26 Church Workers Killed in 2011

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – At least 26 Catholic pastoral workers were killed in mission lands or among society’s most disadvantaged communities in 2011, although they were more often the victims of violent crimes than persecution for their faith, said a Vatican news agency. The agency said that it registered the deaths of 18 priests, four religious women and four laypeople. Twenty-five church workers were killed in 2010 – a figure down from an unusually high number of 37 workers murdered in 2009.

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