Tuesday, May 19, 2009

US priest killed in robbery in Guatemala

The Reverend Lawrence Rosebaugh, who brought attention to human rights abuses in Brazil in the 70's, was shot and killed during a robbery in Guatemala. He served as a missionary for 10 years there.

Rosebaugh made international headlines in 1977 when he was jailed in Brazil along with a Mennonite lay worker. The two had been living among the poor of Recife and helping street children by setting up an informal soup kitchen when they were arrested.

When they were released four days later, they complained of being held incommunicado, stripped naked and beaten. They handed a letter detailing their ordeal to U.S. first lady Rosalynn Carter, who was on a goodwill tour of Latin America covered by major U.S. media, and the exposure infuriated Brazil's military dictatorship.
via USAToday.com

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