Posts Tagged ‘Terrorism’

Bishop will most certainly forgive Sydney attacker

Thursday, April 18th, 2024

Assyrian Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel will “most certainly” forgive the teen who stabbed him several times during a church service in Sydney on Monday, says a neighbouring clergyman. Emmanual and another priest injured while trying to defend him were rushed to hospital after the incident. The 16-year old offender was arrested at the scene. “I Read more

Additional security measures needed for Pakistan’s Catholics

Thursday, August 3rd, 2023
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Looking for new security measures is a priority for Pakistan’s Catholic leaders after a wave of terrorist attacks has hung the country on tenterhooks. The Catholic Church in the Muslim-majority nation needs to better protect itself, police say. Abboattabad parish priest Father Nasir William says: “We are being asked to hire private guards, install closed-circuit Read more

Nuns in the Philippines denounce terrorism charge

Monday, August 22nd, 2022
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Catholic nuns from a missionary order in the Philippines are facing charges of financing terrorism and violating the country’s anti-terrorism law. The Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP) have made a statement denouncing the criminal charges filed by the country’s Department of Justice. None of the allegations and charges were based on solid evidence. They Read more

Criminal collared at Vatican

Monday, June 20th, 2022

Italian police, Sunday, opened fire at a car after it ploughed through a Vatican checkpoint. Reports say a BMW driver, identified as Erojol Nako, a 39-year Albanian male, initially drew attention to himself when asked to stop in the Pantheon, a pedestrian area. Fleeing at high speed through the streets of Rome Nako broke a Read more

New Zealand needs to go beyond fast-tracking counter-terrorism laws to reduce the risk of future attacks

Monday, September 6th, 2021

New Zealand’s second terrorist attack in two years highlights weaknesses in existing counter-terrorism laws in preventing violent extremism. Beyond fast-tracking changes to terrorism suppression laws, there are still other areas of law and policy in New Zealand we need to urgently review. Legislative change was already underway as part of an omnibus bill on terrorism. Read more

Don’t let terror attacks divide us, says cardinal

Monday, November 16th, 2020

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, head of the Comece association of Catholic bishops in the European Union, said recent Islamist terror attacks must not divide religious communities in Europe. “If the objective of the terrorists is to divide us, we all together – the countries of the European Union but also Christians, atheists, agnostics, Muslims, Jews – Read more

Police give safety briefings to places of worship

Monday, May 6th, 2019
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Churches, mosques, synagogues and other places of worship are getting personalised safety briefings from the police. Police are delivering safety tips and going through emergency plans with religious organisations to ensure people are – and feel – safe when they pray. Last week anti-Muslim leaflets were placed on cars while people attended church services in Palmerston Read more

Concern raised by threatened terrorist attack on Timor Lesté bishop

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Police in Timor Lesté have issued warnings about potential attacks by Islamic extremists on churches and even on Dili’s bishop Virgilio do Carma da Silva. Last week there was a heavy police presence around churches, at the bishop’s palace and Sunday Masses. Both uniformed and plain-clothed officers armed with machine guns were in evidence “I got Read more

Connecting Islam with terrorism is a foolish lie

Monday, May 28th, 2018

Connecting Islam with terrorism “may be on the lips of many, but that equation is a foolish lie,” says Pope Francis. Francis spoke of this and many other topics in an interview with the director of the Echo of Bergamo newspaper. Read more

Pope Francis calls for inhuman violence to end

Monday, August 21st, 2017

After recent terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso, Spain and Finland, Pope Francis is begging God “to free the world from this inhuman violence”. The world is carrying in its heart “the pain of these terrorist attacks,” Francis told the crowd in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, before leading them in prayer for the victims. Nineteen Read more