Posts Tagged ‘Islamic state’

Mass cancelled in Sri Lanka Comments 0

Monday, April 29th, 2019
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Mass in Sri Lanka is cancelled indefinitely and churches closed. The closures follow a series of church and hotel bombings at Easter which killed over 250 people. The Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, said church officials had seen a leaked security document describing Catholic churches and other denominations as a major target for attackers. Read more

Trump signs new law to help religious minorities Comments 0

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

US President Donald Trump has signed a new law to help ensure humanitarian relief reaches the members of religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria. The legislation aims particularly to help groups targeted for genocide by Islamic State militants. It enables financial and technical assistance for the humanitarian, stabilisation and recovery needs of former Read more

Vatican visitors threatened – ISIS wants “Christmas blood” Comments 0

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Vatican visitors may be Islamic State’s (ISIS) next terror targets. A pro-ISIS propaganda channel has made a poster depicting a car attack. The poster – reading “Christmas blood” – shows a masked jihadi driving a BMW at high speed towards St Peter’s Basilica. An assault rifle and a rucksack can be seen on the seat Read more

Nazi genocide research leads to priest’s award Comments 0

Monday, October 30th, 2017

A French priest has received a human rights award for research uncovering millions of previously unaccounted-for Nazi genocide victims. Father Patrick Desbois was awarded the Lantos Foundation’s Human Rights Prize last week for being a “vital voice standing up for the values of decency, dignity, freedom, and justice.” The prize is named after a Holocaust Read more

Refugees’ promised land – Australia Comments 0

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Australia is viewed as “the promised land” by persecuted Catholics in the Middle East. An Iraqi Catholic priest says Australia has led the way in welcoming thousands of Christians who have been forced to leave their homes because of violence from radical militant groups such as the Islamic State. Read more Related Posts:Memorial Sanctuary of Read more

Islamic State attacks on Christians will escalate Comments 0

Monday, May 8th, 2017

An anonymous Islamic State (IS) spokesperson is warning Muslims in Egypt to stay away from Christian gatherings and Western embassies because of probable IS attacks. He said the attacks are part of the “war on infidels” IS is fighting. He also claimed his group was responsible for the suicide bombings that struck two Coptic Christian Read more

Pope says “mother” shouldn’t describe a bomb Comments 0

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Pope Francis has spoken out about the name “mother of all bombs” saying the word “mother” shouldn’t be used for a weapon. Speaking to a group of students visiting the Vatican on Saturday, Francis told them how ashamed he is of the bomb’s name. Mothers give life, not death, and suggesting a bomb could also Read more

Christian heritage monastery ransacked Comments 0

Friday, November 25th, 2016

A Christian heritage monastery in Mosul was ransacked during Islamic States’ two-year occupation. They were finally ousted last weekend. Much of the heritage artifcats, including books, were burnt. Read more   Related Posts:Stray dog becomes a furry friarDominican Priory restoration fund gets $95K grant from…New roof for Dunedin’s Dominican PrioryTVNZ follows up on Carmelite Monastery Read more

Nauru website blocked for propagating Islamic State Comments 0

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

A website whose domain is registered in Nauru has been blocked in India by Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) for propagating the ideology of the Islamic State (IS). “We have blocked the website as it propagated and tried to influence Indian youth into joining IS. “It had some traffic from India because of which we blocked Read more

Pope Francis prays for victims of Istanbul bombing Comments 0

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Pope Francis expressed “prayerful solidarity” with victims of the suicide bombing in Istanbul on Saturday. “[Pope Francis grieved] to learn of the casualties caused by the bombing in Istanbul … and he expresses his prayerful solidarity with all touched by this tragedy,” read a telegram to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan from Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Read more