NewsExpress advert FCMB banner
African pastor murdered in Berlin

By News Express on 03/03/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 861

•Rev. Father (Dr.) Alain-Florent Gandoulou (middle)
•Rev. Father (Dr.) Alain-Florent Gandoulou (middle)

The corpse of the 54-year-old clergyman was found in his office in the Berlin district of Berlin Charlottenburg last Thursday.  Rev. Father (Dr) Alain-Florent Gandoulou is believed by the police to have been murdered. German media say the suspected assailant is from Cameroon.

Berlin’s French-speaking Catholic community held funeral rites Sunday for Father Gandoulou in the city’s St Thomas Aquinas Church, still shocked by the 54-year-old’s violent death on Thursday night.

Police alerted to a loud French-language argument inside the Catholic pastorate office — heard by witnesses shortly after choir practice — found Father Gandoulou’s lifeless body shortly before midnight.

The investigation was continuing Sunday and a motive had not yet been established, according to a police spokeswoman quoted by the Protestant church news agency EPD.

Father Gandoulou had been hit on the head with an object and was then stabbed in the head, Germany’s tabloid newspaper Bild reported.

In his home country, Brazzanews described his death as a possible assassination, in connection with a long-standing insurgency in Congo’s Pool region.

Father Gandoulou, a graduate of Bonn University, had been named as a possible future bishop in Congo, it added.

In Berlin, Gandoulou’s pastoral work included counselling refugees.

Suspect in psychiatric detention

A suspect, a 26-year-old man from Cameroon, was found on Friday in the attic of an apartment house in another Berlin district, Reinickendorf, and was taken to a psychiatric institution, according to police.

The Berliner Zeitung (BZ) quoted community member Joachim Moche: “Our priest was always there for us. He brought with him the power to believe and conveyed it to the community. He baptised my son. I am so sad.”

The Francophone pastorate is part of Berlin’s Catholic bishopric and caters for 10,000 French nationals and many thousands of Francophone residents from around the world, according to the Catholic news agency KNA.

‘Very sad moment’

At Sunday’s church service, the Berlin bishopric’s Vicar General, Father Manfred Kolling, described Gandoulou’s sudden death as a “very sad moment” and extended condolences from all Berlin Catholics.

Numerous mourners of African origin gathered outside the church on Friday, to mourn their highly popular priest, public Berlin-Brandenburg broadcasting (RBB) had reported.

Popular in Berlin

Gandoulou was born in Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo in 1963. He was ordained as a priest in 1991 and was awarded his doctorate at Bonn University’s theological faculty in 2008.

His topic was “the Battle for Truth and Justice,” focused on the Congolese priest and journalist, Louis Badila, between 1962 and 1990.

In 2009 Gandoulou was assigned to lead the pastoral mission of Berlin’s Paroisse Catholique Francophone, established in 1945.

Brazzanews said he had been a keen exponent of music and the arts.


•Sourced from The African Courier.


Source News Express

Posted 03/03/2018 8:38:06 PM


Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+



REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...


You may also like...
OPEC moves to cap Nigerian oil output, boost...

FG takes tax advocacy to the streets of...

Reps vote to offer Yahya Jammeh asylum in...

FG to investigate alleged importation of garri from...

2019: Imo lawmakers endorse Okorocha’s son in-law for...

Boko Haram escapees flood Abuja

Pope declares new feast day devoted to Virgin...

Anambra Ex-LG Supervisors demand N1.2b severance package, threaten...

NAWOJ declares Uduaghan Governor of the Year

2015: Presidency dismisses Buhari’s endorsement by The Economist,...

UK researcher speaks on remote sensing in Nigeria...

HID Awolowo: Saraki leads Senate delegation to Ikenne...


Latest News Christians, South-East lose out in security and paramilitary appointments •The shocking details UN withdraws 108 Nigerian police officers on peace-keeping mission in Liberia FG promises regular power supply for Ariaria (Aba), Sabon Gari (Kano) markets NNPC under fire for hiding financial information Okorocha shuns Imo APC stakeholders meeting UK, US lawmakers descend on Facebook, Zuckerberg 4 jailed for assaulting EEDC staff, vandalising electrical installations Akoh sues for peace as displaced residents of warring Benue communities return home after 6 months Embrace online church and cybermision, Nigerian pastors told Group calls on FG to stop Rivers State Neighborhood Corps, threatens to set up another safety corps ACCI President in Gambia to expand economic ties Eket indigenes in USA offer free medical mission to 1,978 patients in Akwa Ibom


Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (332,293 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (324,928 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (260,699 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (214,270 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (197,940 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (192,307 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (167,589 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (150,332 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (143,094 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (133,134 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (132,536 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (125,814 views)


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (34) Business & Economy (2,971) Business Verdict (36) Columnists (814) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (206) Entertainment (455) Features (552) Global Business Monitor (238) International (1,856) Interview (146) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (114) News (33,720) Opinion (895) Pidgin (10) Politics (4,623) Religion (701) Sports (1,457) Stock Watch (28) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update





Football Highlight -- BARCELONA - CHELSEA 3:0


APO Group Partner




REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera