22 September 2015

Melanesian brother murdered in Papua New Guinea

The Anglican Church of Melanesia announced today that a member of the Melanesian Brotherhood (Solomon Islands) in Popondetta, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea has been murdered. 

Br Tolbon Diwaero was killed late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning by unidentified persons on his way back to Domara Household, the Church reported via Facebook. A motive is not yet known.

This latest death adds to a melancholy list. A novice of the Melanesian Brotherhood was murdered and another badly beaten in an unprovoked street attack in October 2014. In 2003, seven Melanesian brothers were murdered in the Solomon Islands during civil unrest. They have been recognised as martyrs by the Anglican Church (Feast Day 24 April).

The Church is asking for prayer for members of Papua New Guinea Brotherhood.

The Melanesian Brotherhood are an Anglican religious community based primarily on the Solomon Islands, but which is expanding into other parts of the world. It was founded in in 1900.

More at Anglican Communion News Service

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