LIQUELEVA, May 4, 2012 (CISA) -Armed gangsters killed a Catholic priest on a Tuesday night raid on Liqueleva Parish, Mozambique.
Fr Valentim Eduardo Camale, a Consolata Missionary, was brutally killed May 3, 2012 during a robbery in his parish at around at 8 pm.
Reports indicate that he was trying to repulse four armed robbers before he was overwhelmed and beaten to death.
A fellow priest returning from pastoral work, Fr Fabio Malesa, found Fr Valentim lying in a pool of blood. He died on the way to hospital.
This was not the first time that the late Fr Valentim became a victim of armed crime. He was once attacked by armed Congolese rebels during his internship in Congo.
Born November 29, 1963 at Intiquita-Montepuez, Province of Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, Fr Vlentim attended elementary school in Montepuez before proceeding to Christ the King Seminary.
He studied philosophy in Maputo-Santo Agostinho before entering the novitiate. He took his religious vows on January 7, 1995 in Maputo, before proceeding for Theology studies at the Seminary of Kinshasa.
At the end of his theology studies, he worked in Miguel Cuamba Parish in Mozambique. He was ordained priest in Montepuez Pemba by Dom Tome Makhweliha, Archbishop of Nampula, on February 27, 2000, and was posted to Mozambique where he worked in Nossa Senhora de Fatima Parish and St. Terezinha do Menino Jesus parish of in Liqueleva, where he was killed.
He was 48, and had served the church for 29 years: 17 as a religious and 12 as a priest.