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Irish nun attacked at a convent in the Philippines

The woman was taken to hospital.

The attack happened at a convent in Midsalip.
The attack happened at a convent in Midsalip.
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AN IRISH NUN has been injured in an attack in the Philippines.

The Sun Star reports that 70-year-old Kathleen Melia was closing up the convent at the San Jose Parish Church in Midsalip when the attack occurred.

The paper reports that the woman was attempting to close the window of the convent at about 9.25pm local-time when she was attacked by a masked man.

The paper reports that the man attempted to cover her mouth and punched her in the face during the attack.

The nun is reported to have fallen to the ground unconscious before the man fled. She was later hospitalised.

It’s believed that the missionary is originally from Longford but has been in the Philippines for many years.

The Department of Foreign Affairs says that it is aware of the case and is providing consular assistance through its honorary consulate in Manila and the Irish Embassy in Singapore.

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