$5,000 Reward Offered In Priest’s Beating, Robbery

A Chicago church is offering $5,000 reward to anyone offering information that leads to the arrest of the two men who attacked a veteran priest on the city's South Side early Tuesday.

St. Sabina Catholic Church announced the reward one day after Daniel Mallette, 80, pastor emeritus at St. Margaret of Scotland Church, was beaten and robbed in the rectory of the church he has led since 1977, ABC Chicago reports.

The attack happened around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday when the pastor awoke inside the church's rectory to two men demanding he give them money. The men reportedly proceeded to attack Mallette and made off with several hundred dollars. The priest sustained broken ribs and a swollen face, was treated at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and then released.

Rev. Michael Pfleger, St. Sabina's pastor, told the Chicago Tribune that, though his church typically only offers rewards in situations where children are shot or killed, Mallette "really got beaten bad."

"He helped so many people and then to turn around and have this happen to him, it's really important," Pfleger added.

Mallette, known for overseeing a diverse congregation at his church and speaking out on issues of poverty and racial inequity, reportedly marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including marching in Selma, Miss., during a trip with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Mallette also picketed and was even arrested over the issue of integration in schools, according to Catholic New World.

Anyone with information pertaining to the attack is urged to contact police.

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