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Shock: video captures man threatening to kill nun in Brooklyn co-cathedral

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 07/05/17

You can watch the video above. Details from the press release: 

Police are investigating a possible hate crime tonight after a man walked inside a Prospect lights Church and threatened a nun.p The nun, Mother Superior of her community, was praying in a pew at about 2:00 p.m. inside the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, located at 856 Pacific Street in Brooklyn, when the man approached her. He said, “I don’t believe in this because you don’t help the poor.” When the nun did not respond, he said, “What did I say?” The nun began to look toward a woman in another pew when the man said, “She can’t help you. I’m going to kill you.” The nun ran and called for help. The crime was caught on surveillance video. The man is described as African-American, bald, about 6’ tall with a medium build. He was wearing khaki shorts, white sneakers, carrying a white baseball-style cap in his hand and a shirt in his back pocket. The nun was praying in the church while another sister from the parish is leading a service mission to assist the poor in West Virginia. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

Pray, please, for this woman—and the man involved.

UPDATE: The New York Daily News interviewed the nun. Excerpt: 

The man walked up to Sister Maria Amador, 49, as she prayed in a pew in the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, on Pacific St. near Vanderbilt Ave. in Prospect Heights at about 2 p.m. Sister Maria said she was praying for her mother, who was in surgery. “When I saw him I thought he was a little strange and maybe he needed help,” she said. “He came up to me and said, ‘I don’t believe in this because you don’t help the poor.’” The man asked her to repeat his words, and when she wouldn’t he got angrier, she recalled. As the nun tried to make eye contact with a woman in another pew the creep told her, “She can’t help you. I’m going to kill you.” Terrified by his words, Mother Maria bolted from her seat and ran down the aisle to find help. …Sister Maria is the Mother Superior and one of the founders of her order, the Preachers of Christ and Mary.
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