Monday, July 20, 2009

Servant of God Benedict Daswa

He was "killed just 19 years ago" but his cause "has recently been completed in its diocesan phase" — Teacher killed for opposition to witchcraft, could become South Africa's first saint. His story:
    Benedict grew up in a traditional family that belonged to the small tribe of the Lemba, who live mainly in the town of Venda, in the province of Limpopo. He converted to Catholicism while studying to be a schoolteacher.

    Benedict soon realized that witchcraft went against the Catholic faith. From that moment, in both is private and public life, he took a strong stance against the practice, explaining that these beliefs had been the cause of the deaths of many innocent people unjustly accused of practicing it.

    Benedict also fought against the use of false medicines and charms for protection from the evil eye. He encouraged sports and other activities. On 2 February, 1990, just days after having refused to pay a tax to pay for a rite intended to expel several 'witches,' he was attacked and beaten to death with stones and clubs. He was only four months away from his 44th birthday.

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Blogger laBiscuitnapper said...

Thanks for posting this. As you know, there's a wave of belief in witchcraft and witch children encouraged by unscrupulous (or even worse, genuine) evangelical pastors in Nigeria at the moment. It's good, and actually so encouraging, to read about African Christians who spoke out against the entire superstition.

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