Posts Tagged ‘Taliban’

Vatican State news supports gender equality in Afghanistan

Monday, July 24th, 2023
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The Vatican state newspaper, Osservatore Romano, has come out in favour of gender equality in Afghanistan. On 20 July, the newspaper dedicated its front page to condemning the Taliban’s decree that all Afghanistan’s beauty centres must close down. The beauty centre closure is a complete shutdown. The Taliban decree is likely to negatively affect thousands 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

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

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

Pope Francis calls Quetta attack “senseless and brutal”

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Quetta hospital attack was a “senseless and brutal act of violence”. Pope Francis has sent his condolences after the attack on the hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, which killed over 70 people on Monday. The majority of the victims were lawyers who had gathered to mourn the assassination of the president of the Baluchistan Bar Association, Read more

Pope condemns suicide bombings of churches in Pakistan

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Pope Francis on Sunday condemned two suicide attacks on churches in Pakistan and accused the world of “seeking to hide” the persecution of Christians. Fourteen people were killed and more than 70 were injured when two Taliban suicide bombers attacked the churches in Lahore on Sunday. At his weekly Angelus address, Pope Francis said it Read more

New Zealand Priest working in Pakistan reports on church bombing

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Daniel O’Connor, a Columban priest from New Zealand working in the Diocese of Hyderabad in Pakistan, reports on the aftermath of the Peshawar church bombing two weeks ago. Dan has been Columban priest for 25 years. Last year he ran in the London Marathon “Life will not be the same for their loved ones again, and Read more