Italy - "don Andrea Santoro" Award to Salesian Fr Germain Plakoo-Mlapa

31 March 2022

Rome, Italy - March 2022 - On Saturday, March 26, the Center for Missionary Cooperation among the Churches of the Diocese of Rome presented the "don Andrea Santoro" award in honor of the fidei donum priest killed in Turkey sixteen years ago while praying with the Bible in his hands. There were four awardees, among them Fr Germain Plakoo-Mlapa, a Salesian priest from Togo. Fr Germain experienced firsthand the wave of jihadist violence in Burkina Faso in recent years and the suffering inflicted on the population, especially by the Christian minority. Together with his confreres, he has always advocated the importance of staying among the people and instilling hope in young people. In 2019, he witnessed two attacks that he managed to survive, suffering serious injuries from the stab wounds he received. Attacks that cost the lives of Fr Antonio César Fernández and Fr Fernando Hernández. The award was collected by Fr Pavel Ženisek, a Salesian member of the Missions Sector, and will be presented to Fr Germain, who thanked the promoters of the "don Andrea Santoro" award for encouraging missionaries to give of themselves and flourish where the Lord has sown them.


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