An open-air mass was held in the Rhodesian capital, Salisbury, on Thursday (10 February) for seven murdered Roman Catholic missionaries.
GV Coffins lying in line under tent
GV Nuns among mourners
CU Wreath on coffin TILT UP TO ceremony in progress
CU Mourners seated in rain
CU & SV Priests and bishops in procession (2 shots)
SV Coffins with wreaths on top
SV Priest, Father Isadore Chikore, speaking
GV Funeral procession arriving at burial site
GV Coffins placed over graves
CU PAN FROM Bishop TO congregation praying around coffin
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 7: CHIKORE: "I cannot say who is immediately responsible for it. Those remotely responsible for it are the authorities, who have refused to face the fact that the majority of the population of Rhodesia does not enjoy equality under the law, nor equal opportunity in the civil, political, economic and cultural life of the country."
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Rhodesian security forces reported on Tuesday (8 February) that another mission in the south-east of the country was attacked. Buildings were set in fire but there was no report of casualties.
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Background: An open-air mass was held in the Rhodesian capital, Salisbury, on Thursday (10 February) for seven murdered Roman Catholic missionaries. A group of white mourners took exception to remarks by the country's senior black priest, Father Isadore Chikore, and left the ceremony.
SYNOPSIS: More than one thousand people of all races attended the mass at the salisbury Convent School. The Rhodesian Government says that black nationalist guerrillas shot the seven white missionaries -- three priest and four nuns -- in an attack on their mission last Sunday (6 February). But black nationalist leader, Robert Mugabe, has blamed the deaths on the Rhodesian army. Some white mourners walked out when Father Chikore quoted the Catholic Bishop of Umtali, Bishop Donal Lamont as saying that some of the responsibility should lie with the Government which refused to face the fact that the majority of the population did not enjoy equality under the law. He said many people did not have equal opportunity in the political, economic and cultural life of the country.
After the mass, a convey of cars took the mourners to the Chishawasha Mission, 12 miles (20 kms) outside Salisbury for the funeral service. Many people wept as they filed past the coffins at the graveside. The survivor of the raid, Father Myerscough, has said he is afraid for his life now but would continue to work wherever the Jesuit Church asked him to.