December 28 : Benjamin Inocencio (1958-2000)

Benjamin Inocencio (1958-2000)
Martyr in Jolo, Philippines


Father Benjamin Inocencio, chancellor of Jolo vicariate in the Philippines, was shot dead December 28, 2000, a few meters from the vicariate´s cathedral. Father Inocencio, 42, was sitting in a jeep on his way to a store near Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral in Jolo town, 950 kilometers south of Manila, when a sniper fired at him and killed him at 10:05 a.m. He was born on January 17, 1958, in Pasig City, just southeast of Manila, and was ordained a priest on April 24, 1992. He was first assigned to Upi in Maguindanao, then served seven years as pastor on Cagayan island in Tawi-Tawi province southeast of Jolo. Finally, he was assigned to Jolo town.


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