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Pope-appointed missionary travels US to do good

Pope-appointed missionary travels US to do goodFather Jim Sichko had a calling and it wasn't just to God. It was to, well, everybody. Pope Francis named the Kentucky-based priest to a newly created fleet of Papal Missionaries, ministers who travel the world offering acts of mercy. (Dec. 14)



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Bow-wielding tribesmen scare off police searching for body of American missionary

Bow-wielding tribesmen scare off police searching for body of American missionaryIndian police abandoned an attempt to recover the remains of the American missionary killed by Andaman Islanders on Sunday after they were faced down by tribesmen armed with bows and arrows. A marine unit had a long-distance standoff with the natives as their boat neared North Sentinel Island on Saturday, as they tried to find the body of John Allen Chau. Officers spotted the islanders around 400 metres from the shore and saw the men were armed and seemingly ready to fight. "They stared at us and we were looking at them," said Director General of Police Dependra Pathak. A Sentinelese man takes aim with a bow and arrow at an Indian Coast Guard helicopter in the wake of the 2004 tsunami Credit:  HANDOUT/AFP The boat withdrew to avoid any confrontation. The police are taking great efforts to avoid any direct contact with the Sentinelese, a pre-neolithic group whose island is barred to visitors. The death of Chau last week has highlighted the problems with any outsiders interacting with one of the world's last uncontacted tribes, whose language and customs are largely inscrutable. The fishermen who took Chau to North Sentinel, one of the Andaman and Nicobar islands in the Bay of Bengal, said they saw the tribe burying the body on the beach. The Sentinelese have been known attack anyone who goes to the island, seeing them as a threat – two fishermen who strayed onto the island were killed in 2006. Killed: John Allen Chau Credit: @JOHNACHAU/via REUTERS  One week after their deaths, the bodies of the two Indian fishermen were hooked on bamboo stakes facing out to sea. "It was a kind of scarecrow," Mr Pathak said. "We are studying the 2006 case. We are asking anthropologists what they do when they kill an outsider," the police chief told the AFP news agency. "We are trying to understand the group psychology." Though Chau's death is officially a murder case, anthropologists say it may be impossible to retrieve the American's body and that no charges will be made against the protected tribe. Seven people, including six fishermen who were involved in ferrying Mr Chau to North Sentinel, have been arrested. Meanwhile, Chau’s family have said they forgive the tribe for their actions and are not pushing for his remains to be returned to the US.



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Police face-off with tribe in missionary killing

Police face-off with tribe in missionary killingIndian officers had a nervous long-distance face-off with the tribe who killed an American missionary, in their latest bid to locate his body on a remote island, police said Sunday. The police team, who took a boat just off Indian-owned North Sentinel island on Saturday, spotted men from the Sentinelese tribe on the beach where John Allen Chau was last seen, the region’s police chief Dependra Pathak told AFP. Using binoculars, officers — in a police boat about 400 metres from the shore — saw the men armed with bows and arrows, the weapons reportedly used by the isolated tribe to kill Chau as he shouted Christian phrases at them.



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'God, I Don't Want to Die.' Journal Reveals the Final Days of an American Missionary Killed By An Isolated Tribe

'God, I Don't Want to Die.' Journal Reveals the Final Days of an American Missionary Killed By An Isolated TribeThe visit may have exposed the tribe to deadly diseases



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American Missionary John Chau Wrote ‘God, I Don’t Want To Die’ Before Being Killed By Remote Tribe

American Missionary John Chau Wrote ‘God, I Don’t Want To Die’ Before Being Killed By Remote TribeAs the Washington Post reported, Chau had decided to make a trip to North Sentinel Island with the hope of converting the roughly 50 to 150 people living there to Christianity. The report noted that Chau had been writing about the trip, showing that he was well aware of the dangers of contacting them.



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Authorities Struggle To Retrieve Body Of American Missionary Killed By Isolated Tribe

Authorities Struggle To Retrieve Body Of American Missionary Killed By Isolated TribeOfficials in India are contemplating how to obtain the body of an American tourist who was killed by a tribe of North Sentinel islanders, ABC News is reporting. As previously reported in the Inquisitr, missionary John Allen Chau traveled to a forbidden area last week in hopes of converting an isolated tribe to Christianity. The Sentinelese tribe has rejected modern society for thousands of years, and laws have been put in place over time forbidding outsiders from intruding on their lifestyle. …



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Former Mormon Missionary Center Leader Accused Of Sexual Assault

Former Mormon Missionary Center Leader Accused Of Sexual AssaultYears-old sexual abuse allegations against a former Mormon missionary leader



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Teacher on the Run With 15-Year-Old Student May Be Posing as Missionary in Mexico: DA

Teacher on the Run With 15-Year-Old Student May Be Posing as Missionary in Mexico: DABrent Cooper, the district attorney for Maury County, Tenn., called Tad Cummins a "religious man."



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