Posts Tagged ‘Violence’

Voting in church buildings keeps order in Samoa election Comments 0

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
Samoa Parliament resized

The orderly and peaceful way Samoa’s general election took place has been ascribed in part to a decision to have most polling booths in church buildings. The Samoa Observer reported that the decision “contributed largely to absence of violence and unruly behaviour in most villages”. The presence of church pastors at voting places also helped Read more

German police call for refugee segregation by religion Comments 0

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

German police have called for refugees to be housed along religious and ethnic lines after a series of mass brawls in emergency accommodation. Last week, a fight between up to 200 Syrians and Afghans in a Leipzig shelter turned into a running battle with residents using table legs as clubs. In Lower Saxony, police reported Read more

Pornography, violence and entitlement Comments 0

Friday, June 5th, 2015

A young woman stands in a room with several men around her. She tells the men that she is taking women’s studies at university. They respond by grabbing her throat to silence her. They move onto slapping her and pulling off her clothes. The scene that follows is too graphic to recount. After the men Read more

Churches challenged to champion elimination of violence Comments 0

Friday, May 15th, 2015

The Anglican Diocese of Polynesia aims to work ecumenically to eliminate all forms of violence – at home and in the community. They  hope to work with other churches in the future to champion the elimination of violence in all forms. Diocesan secretary/registrar John Simmons said there was a need to tackle the issue and Read more

At Easter, Pope implores God to stop violence in the world Comments 0

Friday, April 10th, 2015

In his traditional Easter Sunday blessing to the city and the world, Pope Francis several times implored God to stop violence in many parts of the world. The Pope mentioned Iraq and Syria, Libya, Yemen, Nigeria, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, and Ukraine. Francis also called on Christians to look at Read more

Five former St. Joseph’s students charged with assault Comments 0

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Five former students of St. Joseph’s College in Samoa are facing assault charges after a video clip of them assaulting another student was circulated on social media. Police Superintendent Lemalu Su’a Muliaga Tiumalu confirmed the charges last Thursday. The five students have all been expelled from school after the video clip was circulated on social Read more

Gang rape of nun, 74, sparks outrage in India Comments 0

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
India nun rape reszied

The gang rape of an elderly nun in West Bengal has intensified anger over sexual violence in India. A 74-year-old nun was attacked by six men during a burglary at the Convent of Jesus and Mary, which was attached to a school in eastern West Bengal. The woman is in a stable condition in a Read more

Monis’ madness not of Islam Comments 0

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott refuses to link hostage taker Man Haron Monis with Islam. “We don’t blame the Pope for the IRA, and we don’t blame the Catholics living next door for the folly of some people, the folly and madness of some people who may claim a Christian motivation. And I think we Read more

Religion and violence Comments 0

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

(RNS) In the West, the idea that religion is inherently violent is taken for granted by everyone from academics to cab drivers, says British religion scholar Karen Armstrong, the former Roman Catholic nun who wrote the best-selling “A History of God.” Her new book, “Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence,” picks at the Read more

Violent talk and the sins of the father Comments 0

Friday, October 24th, 2014

The week before our Prime Minister promised to “shirt-front” the president of Russia, I was at the gravesite of a man who hit his wife so hard she went through a door. The man was my grandfather, on my father’s side, and the woman he assaulted was his wife, my beloved Nana.  When this man Read more