NAIROBI, Kenya Sister Leonella, a nun who devoted her life to helping the sick in volatile regions of Africa, used to joke that there was a bullet with her name engraved on it in Somalia. When the bullet came, she used her last breaths to forgive those responsible.
I forgive, I forgive," she whispered in her native Italian just before she died, the Rev. Maloba Wesonga told The Associated Press at the nun’s memorial mass in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Monday.
[Via Ipsissima Verba]
GetReligion also reports that she had a bodyguard who was also slain. The story doesn’t mention how long she has had a bodyguard, but considering that she was serving in Mogadishu it was probably not a new assignment. You just normally don’t associate nuns with bodyguards, though maybe kevlar habits might be a good idea during this time. Put on the whole body armour of God or something like that. In another story I found that her bodyguard’s name was Mohammed Mahmoud who was 50, so please send some prayers his way and for his family.
Amen. Thank you for posting her dying words. A truly good woman.
Santo subito as well!
She may have a case for sainthood as she was probably killed out of odium fidei (hate of the faith).
Please pray for all the good people she was serving!