Category: World Report

Kidnapped priest appears in video appeal

The Salesian Order has confirmed that a video loaded to the Youtube site on Christmas Eve shows Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, the priest of that congregation kidnapped in Yemen last March. Visibly thin and wearing a long beard, the priest appears in the five-minute video to urge Pope Francis as well as the government of his…

Vatican Roundup

Pope urges prison reform in wake of Brazilian riot Pope Francis has prayed for the victims of the January 1 prison riot in Manaus, Brazil, and voiced again his appeal that prisons be reformed to better rehabilitate people with real dignity. During his general audience of January 4, the Pontiff lamented the loss of life…

Caught in a cycle of violence

Peace is coming too slowly to South Sudan, writes Paul Keenan It is said that history repeats itself, and nowhere is this more true than in the conflict-riven state of South Sudan. A bold claim, perhaps, for a country barely five years old – July 9 will see Independence Day from greater Sudan celebrated across…

CAR lives in hope following papal visit

The Central African Republic is “experiencing a season of hope”, according to a Carmelite missionary based in the capital city Bangui, who believes that Pope Francis’ November visit to the country “significantly contributed” to this. Fr Federico Trinchero, whose convent Notre Dame du Mont Carmel has housed more than 5,000 displaced people since civil war…

Former students end lawsuit against diocese in England

Former students of a Catholic college in Manchester who allege they were abused by three priests based there have abandoned their lawsuit against Salford diocese. The men, one-time students at St Bede’s College, argued that the diocese had failed to protect them from sexual abuse perpetrated as far back as the 1950s by three priests,…

Icon tour seen as an invitation to prayer

An iconic image of Our Lady begins a nationwide tour this week that will see stops in every diocese in Ireland. The ‘Pilgrim Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help’, which was blessed yesterday by Pope Francis, was due to arrive in Dublin airport this morning (Thursday). The icon, newly written in Poland, is to…

Indian Christians need protection warns Council chief

India’s government has been called upon to protect Christians during Holy Week, following recent attacks on Christian communities in the country. Addressing the National Commission for Human Rights, Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians, said: “It seems that praying in India has become a crime. Christians are not treated like…

Children left without classes in Nicaragua

About 2,100 children in Nicaragua can no longer attend school because teachers in over 60 schools have been driven from their posts by armed groups, a local bishop has said. Estelí’s Bishop Abelardo Mata,who has visited the area around San José de Bocay, said teachers in the area have been threatened by militants who want…