US missionary killed in Sth Africa

Sr Mary Paul Tacke

Police in South Africa's Eastern Cape have arrested two suspects in the death of 82-year-old US Sr Mary Paule Tacke, Fides reports

Sr Tacke, of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood (CPS), also known as the Missionaries of Mariannhill, was kidnapped when her car was hijacked outside the orphange she found in Tyara. Her body was later found dumped in a remote stream; an investigation is continuing.

Sr Mary was originally from Cottonwood, Idaho, and had been working in South Africa since the 50s. She had founded the Bethany Place of Safety (an orphanage for abandoned children) in 1955 after some policemen had entrusted her some orphans. Later she founded another orphanage, the Thembelihle Home, for older children, many of whom are HIV positive.

She spent about 60 years in the country educating orphans and founding the Bethany Place of Safety and Thembelihle Home.

The two suspects had managed to evade Mthatha police in a high-speed chase before the car overturned and crashed. Investigators found a handgun and cellphone in the vehicle, according to Dispatch Live, a South African newspaper.


U.S. nun killed during kidnapping, dumped in South Africa stream (New York Daily News)

An American missionary who dedicated her life to orphans in South Africa has been killed (Fides)

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