Fr. Marek Rybinski, a young Polish Catholic priest working in a Salesian school in Manouba, Tunisia, has been murdered. The Tunisian police suspect Muslim extremists due to the nature of the murder. Fr. Rybinski’s throat had been cut.
AlJazeera reports: ‘Judging by the way the attack was carried out, the interior ministry said a group “embracing extremist orientations is behind this crime.”
ANS reports: ‘Fr. Rybinski had been seen by the confreres of the community yesterday morning about 10.00. Since he wasn’t at evening prayer or at mass this morning Fr. Lawrence Essery, Rector of the Salesian community in Manouba, becoming alarmed and not finding him in his room, contacted the local police. They arrived shortly afterwards and began a search for Fr. Rybinski. Tragically his body was found in a store room with his throat cut. He is the second religious to be found dead in this recent period of social unrest.’
‘Fr. Rybinski, only 33 years of age and originally from the Warsaw Province in Poland, was ordained priest in May 2005. In September 2007 he arrived in Manouba where he became community bursar.
“Marek was extremely efficient, especially through his contacts with the Polish Missions Office where he had worked previous to his arrival in Tunisia. He was able to help to finance various projects for the good of the school,” Fr. Essery told ANS in a message.
He had been appointed chaplain to the Polish community by the archbishop of Tunisia and had spent a lot of time preparing the youngsters for Confirmation.