Sao Joao da Madeira (Agenzia Fides) - The funeral of a nun of the Congregation of the Servants of Mary Ministers of the Sick, Sister Antonia Pinho, 62, Portuguese, will be held today in the Portuguese town of Sao Joao da Madeira, who was killed in an apartment in the city. She was well known for her generosity and her commitment, as she moved around the city, wearing her religious dress, to help the sick in the hospital and at home, and bring her help to those in need, both during the day and during the night, according to the charisma of her institute. She had been a nurse and religious for 40 years, and had served in Italy and Spain. The Servants of Mary the Ministers of the Sick are a religious congregation born in Madrid in 1851 for the home care of the sick. Currently they are present in Europe, Africa, America and Asia.
According to information sent to Agenzia Fides, the body of the nun was found in the apartment of a drug addict, who had been released from prison three months ago after serving a rape sentence. Probably the man had obtained a ride by the nun on Sunday morning. Once he got home, in order to thank her he first offered her a coffee and then tried to abuse her. When Sister Antonia refused, he strangled her and immediately abused her when she was already dead. Sister Antonia lived in Sao Joao da Madeira in her mother's house to assist her and meanwhile continued her work of helping the sick in the city. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 11/9/2019)