Fr. Daniil Sysoyev, a Russian Orthodox priest well known for his missionary activities among Muslims, occultists and others, was shot an killed in the St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Moscow on Thursday evening. The killer reportedly entered the church, asked for the priest by name, and then opened fire at close range with a pistol. Sysoyev was hit in the head and chest and died later in hospital. He was 35 years old and the father of three.
There seems to be little doubt that religious motives are behind the killing. Syosyev had reportedly been receiving a number of death threats because of his teachings and missionary activities.
Please remember Fr. Daniil’s wife and children during this time of grief. You can post prayers on their behalf on our Persecuted Church Prayer Wall.