In Rhodesia, two West German Jesuit missionaries, who were shot dead by guerrillas at their mission station, were buried on Tuesday (3 July).
In Rhodesia, two West German Jesuit missionaries, who were shot dead by guerrillas at their mission station, were buried on Tuesday (3 July). On the same day, thousands of Rhodesians crowded into Salisbury's city centre to pay final homage to the country's first-ever president, Clifford Dupont.
SYNOPSIS: The two Jesuits, Father Gregor Richert, and Brother Berhart Lisson, were buried after an open-air ceremony attended by about 500 mourners, mostly Africans. The missionaries were buried at Chiwasha, 12 miles (19 kilometres) from Salisbury, alongside seven fellow missionaries from the same order who were gunned down at St. Paul's Station last February.
The ceremony was conducted by the Prefect Apostolic, Monsignor Helmut Reckter, almost entirely in Shona -- the main African dialect in Rhodesia. Seventy-five Catholic clergymen flanked the two coffins.
The missionaries were murdered by a gang of guerrillas who claimed they belonged to Joshua Nkomo's Zimbabwe Independent Peoples Revolutionary Army. They died at St. Rupert's mission --90 miles (144 kilometres) west of Salisbury.
At Salisbury's Anglican Cathedral, among those who attended the funeral service for Clifford Dupont was Rhodesian leader Ian Smith. Also heading the mourners was Mr. Dupont's successor, President John Wrathall. Mr. Dupont was appointed head of state after Rhodesia declared independence in 1965. He became President in 1970 and retired five year later.
Salisbury's main business district was shut down for more than two hour to allow for the State procession to the Cathedral. More than 200 men from the Rhodesian armed forces marched with rifles reversed, escorting the gun-carriage bearing Mr. Dupont's coffin.
The coffin was carried into Salisbury Cathedral by eight black and white members of Rhodesia's armed forces.