Missionary of Yarumal killed in Angola

Wednesday March 10, 2021 |
Missionary of Yarumal killed in Angola

LUANDA, ANGOLA — The Cambodian Catholic Church joint in condolences for the murder of Fr. Manuel Ubaldo Jauregu-Vega, Missionary of Yarumal, who was murdered with seven stabs after a traffic accident in the evening of March 8 in the African capital. The Colombian priest, who has been in Angola for the last four years, died in the same place of the incident. The authorities arrested the suspect in connection with the crime, who said that he did not know he was a priest. The crime happened in Zango, municipality of Viana, Luanda, capital of Angola in Central Africa. Fr. Jauregu-Vega was assistant parish priest of the Holy Trinity Parish of the Yarumal Missionary Community in Luanda. The priest’s family asked the Colombian government for help in repatriating the body.

“The murder of our companion Manuel, one of the young members of the Yarumal missionaries, is a great sorrow for all of us. His dead is a big lost for our Congregation of a person full of joy and life. We condemn this murder and we send our sincere condolences and solidarity to his family and loved ones,” said Fr. Omer Giraldo, Yarumal missionary from Medellin, Colombia, who was the first missionary of the priest institute in Cambodia.

Fr. Manuel Ubaldo was born in 1984 in the Colombian city of Cucuta and became seminarian at the Yarumal Missioners in 2007, first profession in 2010 and priest ordination on 3rd December 2015. He studied theology in Bolivia, before his missionary sending to Angola, where he stayed 4 years and 7 months until this tragic event, where God called him.

The Missionaries of Yarumal is a Colombian institute of priests and lay missionaries founded in 1927 by Bishop Venerable Miguel Ángel Builes-Gómez and they are in 11 countries in Asia, Africa and South America, in dioceses with a need of enough clergy.