Cape Town parish priest assaulted, church desecrated

2016-02-01 02:00
St Anthony's Catholic Church. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

St Anthony's Catholic Church. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town - Armed robbers assaulted and robbed a Cape Town parish priest and vandalised the St Anthony's Catholic Church in Langa.

Father Charles Prince was beaten so violently last Thursday morning that he had to undergo surgery and it was feared he would lose an eye.

He sustained injuries to his back, face, and head and was hospitalised for three days.

Vicar General of the Catholic Church in Cape Town, Father Peter-John Pearson, said Prince’s assailant entered his living quarters by breaking through a door. He said Prince saw only one assailant.

A hammer and a large torch were found on the scene, which may have been used in the attack.

Two laptops and small appliances were stolen. The attacker then ransacked the church, ripped the cross off the tabernacle, and made a hole in the roof.

A badly-injured Prince managed to call a priest for help.

“We condemn this behaviour, which again shows our vulnerability to crazed people, especially in our poorer communities,” Pearson said.

Provincial police spokesperson Constable Noloyiso Rwexana said the attack was being investigated and no arrests had been made yet.

Despite his ordeal, Pearson said Prince was in “high spirits”. He was living on another of the church’s properties to be closer to hospital, where he was receiving treatment.

Pearson said they would re-examine the security of the property as it was not as good as they had thought.

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