The Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg says one of their own was shot and killed overseas Sunday morning.
The church says Father Evaristus Mushi, a 56-year-old priest in Zanzibar, Tanzania, was killed as he arrived for mass.
Mushi served as a priest in the Bay area prior to leaving for work in Africa.
"Please remember Father Mushi, his family and the faithful of Zanzibar in your prayers," the church said in a statement. "Pray also for the protection of our Catholic priests and nuns throughout the world in these very troubling times."
The U.S. Embassy has strongly condemned the attack, calling it senseless.
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