Posts Tagged ‘Afghanistan’

An apology to the Afghan girl

Monday, October 18th, 2021
apology to afghan girl

Oct. 11 was the International Day of the Girl Child, a day to empower young girls and promise them a better future. However, today, I am sorry to say to girls that I do not have good news for you. You have grown up with the promise of a better future. Throughout your life, you Read more

Afghanistan’s clear lesson: ‘War is not the answer’

Monday, September 13th, 2021
War

Was it good that the United States and its allies fought a 20 year war against the Taliban in Afghanistan?  Was all of the blood, sweat and tears worth it? How can any honest, moral, objective view conclude that all of the money wasted, goodwill lost, Americans and allies killed and countless innocent poor Afghan Read more

Our moral duty towards Afghan refugees

Monday, September 6th, 2021
Afghan refugees

I was one of the boat people who escaped from South Vietnam. The escape happened after South Vietnam had fallen to the Vietnamese communist forces in 1975, and my world descended into total chaos with an international embargo, wars against China and Cambodia, forced collectivisation and the insidious spread of what were termed ‘re-education camps’ — but Read more

The failure of the West to understand the religious roots of extremism in Afghanistan

Monday, August 30th, 2021
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It was an unfortunate coincidence of history and geography that most of the world’s energy reserves, in the form of oil and natural gas, were buried under some of the world’s most primitive societies. The Western world’s insatiable appetite to feed its cars and planes with petroleum products enriched these societies without developing them. Their Read more

Coleridge advocates increased Afghan refugee intake

Monday, August 23rd, 2021
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Increasing the refugee intake is one way the Australian Government could help with the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Afghanistan, says Archbishop Mark Coleridge. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president says the government should provide at least 20,000 humanitarian places for refugees from Afghanistan in the wake of the current Taliban takeover. In a letter to Read more

Caritas Aotearoa NZ’s helping in Haiti and Afghanistan

Thursday, August 19th, 2021

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has joined with the Caritas International network to provide practical help to people in Haiti and Afghanistan. Julianne Hickey, who is the director of Caritas in New Zealand, says the turmoil in Haiti and Afghanistan “requires a global response as these crises unfold against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our Read more

Pope urges dialogue in Afghanistan so people can live in peace, security

Monday, August 16th, 2021

Pope Francis called on Sunday for dialogue to end the conflict in Afghanistan so that its people can live in peace, security and reciprocal respect. Francis made the appeal in his noon address as Taliban insurgents entered the capital Kabul and the United States evacuated diplomats from its embassy by helicopter. “I join in the Read more

Catholic missionary says women critical to Afghanistan’s future

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Afghanistan’s future depends on women. The most active people are women, They are the bearers of a positive vision of the country’s future, says Barnabite Fr. Giuseppe Moretti, who was a missionary in Afghanistan for 25 years. “They are very intelligent and have a more open mentality than men. They try to fight slavery with Read more

Persecution driving Christians out of Muslim world

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

The mass exodus of millions of Christians from one part of the Islamic world to another as the result of persecution by Muslims has reached epidemic proportions, according to a Middle East and Islam expert. “This matter of Muslim persecution of Christians is a humanitarian crisis at this point,” said Raymond Ibrahim. He said the Read more