How Mother Maria Stieren Converted Tanzania’s Ferocious Barabaig Tribe

National Catholic Register, Edward Pentin: GEHANDU, Tanzania — In 1987, a doughty religious sister from Bavaria called Mother Maria Stieren was driving with a group of religious sisters from her newly founded order through a small but notoriously dangerous part of the East African country on her way to one of her mission houses.

All was going as planned until Mother Maria, who founded the Mothers of the Holy Cross and Missionaries of the Holy Cross 10 years earlier, felt chest pains and needed to stop the car to get some air. Her fellow sisters warned her not to, as it wasn’t uncommon for members of the fierce Barabaig tribe, who inhabited that area, to attack passersby… Report is here.