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martyrdom in the Solomon Islands

ACNS reports that the funer­als have taken place of the sev­en mem­bers of the Melane­sian Broth­er­hood who met their deaths earli­er this year in Guadal­canal (see reports here and here).

Post mortems indic­ate that Broth­er Nath­aniel Sado was tor­tured and died from the wounds inflic­ted over sev­er­al days. Of the six Broth­ers who went to invest­ig­ate his dis­ap­pear­ance, three were shot and killed upon arrival, and the oth­er three were beaten and tor­tured and then shot the next day.

The report describes the funer­al of Br Robin Lind­say, atten­ded by the fam­il­ies of the murdered Broth­ers, as well as the Gov­ernor Gen­er­al, the Prime Min­is­ter, and also the Arch­bish­op and hun­dreds of others.

May they rest in peace!


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martyrdom in the Solomon Islands

ACNS reports a ser­vice of thanks­giv­ing for the lives of the Melane­sian Broth­ers recently murdered in the Solomon Islands.

A Ser­vice of Thanks­giv­ing for the lives of Broth­er Robin Lind­say and his com­pan­ions — the sev­en Melane­sian Broth­ers murdered in the Solomon Islands – will take place at St Philip’s Church, Earls Court Road, Lon­don W8, on Thursday 18 Septem­ber at 5pm. The ser­vice will be fol­lowed by a recep­tion from 6pm – 7pm, dur­ing which an ecu­men­ic­al announce­ment will be made.

Arch­bish­op James Ayong, Prim­ate of the Anglic­an Church of Pap­ua New Guinea, and the Rt Revd Roger Jupp, Bish­op of Popondota, will be present.

Fur­ther inform­a­tion, and details of some oth­er ser­vices (includ­ing ser­vices at Chester Cathed­ral and Little St Mary’s Cam­bridge), may be found at the PNGCP web site.


martyrdom in the Solomon Islands

Yes­ter­day and today, ACNS, the Anglic­an Com­mu­nion News Ser­vice, has announced and giv­en details of the murder of six mem­bers of the Melane­sian Broth­er­hood, in the Solomon Islands.

The six were Broth­ers Robin Lind­say, Fran­cis Tofi, Alfred Hilly, Ini Ini Part­abatu, Patteson Gatu, and Tony. May they rest in peace.

They were taken host­age by rebels in April after they had gone to invest­ig­ate the repor­ted murder of anoth­er broth­er, Nath­aniel Sado, and to retrieve his body.

We remem­ber those who give their lives in the ser­vice of Christ and their fel­lows, pray­ing for their fam­il­ies, for the Melane­sian Broth­er­hood, and for the people of the Solomon Islands.