Home   |  About Us   |  Contacts   |  Products    
 News Items
 Top Stories
 News Briefs
 Vatican
 Origins
 Africa
 Headlines
 Also Featuring
 Movie Reviews
 Sunday Scripture
 CNS Blog
 Links to Clients
 Major Events
 2008 papal visit
 World Youth Day
 John Paul II
 For Clients
 Client Login
 CNS Insider
 We're also on ...
 Facebook
 Twitter
 RSS Feeds
 Top Stories
 Vatican
 Movie Reviews
 CNS Blog
.
 For More Info

 If you would like
 more information
 about Catholic
 News Service,
 please contact
 CNS at one of
 the following:
 cns@
 catholicnews.com
 or
 (202) 541-3250

.
 Copyright

 This material
 may not
 be published,
 broadcast,
 rewritten or
 otherwise
 distributed,
 except by
 linking to
 a page on
 this site.

.
 CNS Story:

SUDAN-CARDINAL (UPDATED) Oct-12-2010 (200 words) xxxi

Khartoum police arrest man who rushed altar during cardinal's Mass

By Catholic News Service

KHARTOUM, Sudan (CNS) -- Khartoum police arrested a man who rushed the altar with a dagger during a Mass celebrated by Khartoum Cardinal Gabriel Zubeir Wako, reported the Sudan Catholic Radio Network.

SCRN reported Oct. 11 that police arrested a man identified as Hamdan Mohamed Abdurrahman after an aide, identified as Barnaba Matuec Anei, stopped him, confiscated his dagger and turned him over to security personnel. The incident occurred after the Gloria when liturgical dancers were leaving an area near the altar.

The Oct. 10 Mass was being celebrated at the Comboni playground, a sports field near a Comboni-run school in central Khartoum, to mark the feast of St. Daniel Comboni.

A statement released by the South African Catholic Bishops' Conference quoted Matuec as saying that the assailant apparently had been waiting for hours for the Mass.

"The man was one of the people who might have entered the playground early enough because we had very intense security arrangements at the gates," Matuec said. "He got in with the knife before people could enter and before security check-in. He was among the (crowd) and timed himself well when the dancers were coming down."

The suspect was taken into custody and questioned by authorities.

END


Copyright (c) 2010 Catholic News Service/USCCB. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or otherwise distributed.
CNS · 3211 Fourth St NE · Washington DC 20017 · 202.541.3250