Cross that belonged to Sister Leonella Sgorbati, Consolata missionary nurse, killed on 17 September 2006 in Mogadishu, Somalia
The small cross that belonged to Sister Leonella Sgorbati, killed in Mogadishu on 17 September 2006, was handed over to the Basilica of San Bartolomeo all’Isola and entrusted to the Community of Sant’Egidio. The handover took place during a Eucharistic celebration in the presence of the Missionary Sisters of the Consolata and their General Council. It was 12.30 p.m. on 17th September 2006 and Sister Leonella, 66, had just finished her lesson at the Nurses’ School she founded at the hospital in Mogadishu. On her way out, she was hit by seven bullets fired by an armed gang and collapsed to the ground. With her, Mohamed Mahamud, her bodyguard, a Muslim father of four, was also hit. The sisters rushed in and tried to help both of them. They were rushed to the operating theatre, but there was nothing they could do.
Sister Leonella’s last words, spoken in a low voice, were: ‘forgive, forgive, forgive’.
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