Our foundation of St Pachomius in northern Mozambican was attacked on 12 May by members of an Islamist terrorist militia. The four confreres were able to escape into the bush and made their way through sparsely populated areas to the nearest parish of Imbuho. There they are currently safe.
The new monastery building, which was only inaugurated in 2019, has been looted and outbuildings have been set on fire. More detailed information is not yet available.
The Missionary Benedictines came to this region in 2015 at the request of the Bishop of Pemba to build a Benedictine centre with a clinic, a school for craftsmen and other social projects. The attack on the monastery occurred during a government offensive against the terrorists in the immediate vicinity of the monastery. The attack is a setback. However, it will not stop the work of the Benedictines in this region in the long term. Succisa Virescit!