Picture taken on August 20, 2012 shows German-Congolese Catholic priest Olivier Ndjimbi-Tshiende carrying a moving box on his shoulders in Zorneding, southern Germany. / AFP / dpa / Stefan ROSSMANN
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A German-Congolese Catholic priest who has spoken up for refugees is leaving his Bavarian parish after being targeted with racist slurs and death threats, the Munich archdiocese said Monday.Ndjimbi-Tshiende had declared in church on Sunday that he could no longer bear the climate of hatred against him in his parish in Bavaria, the main gateway for migrants flocking to Germany along the Balkans route and Austria.He said he had received five anonymous death threats and been the subject of racist abuse, often in public. Bavaria's CSU has for months vehemently criticized coalition ally Chancellor Angela Merkel for her liberal migrant policy, which brought over one million asylum seekers to the country last year. Boher's local deputy Johann Haindl then urged "our negro" priest to restrain himself, reported the Muenchner Merkur newspaper.
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