German black priest forced out of post by death threats and racism

Black priest forced out of post by death threats and racism

The Congolese priest Olivier Ndjimbi-Tshiende quit his post at a Catholic church in Bavaria(South East Germany) on Sunday after receiving death threats and being racially insulted by a local politician.

The 66-year-old made the announcement during Sunday’s morning mass at the catholic St. Martin’s ministry in the Upper-Bavarian town of Zorneding, where he had been shepherd to the congregation since 2012. During the final months of 2015, the priest was racially insulted by a local politician and then received five anonymous death threats, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports.

Police are now looking for the people who sent the letters, who are being investigated on three charges including incitement of racial hatred. In a statement issued by the archdiocese of Munich on Monday, Ndjimbi-Tshiende said the situation had been a burden on him and that he felt relief once he had made the decision to step down.

-more at The Local

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