Posts Tagged ‘Terrorism’

Christian, Muslim leaders condemn Nice attack

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Religious leaders around the world have condemned terrorism and expressed solidarity with France after the attack in Nice in which scores of people died. The religious voices included Christian figures such as Pope Francis and prominent Muslims including the Grand Mufti of Egypt, Shawqi Allam. A truck drove through crowds celebrating Bastille Day (July 14) in Nice. Pope Francis Read more

Arrests in suspected ISIS plot to attack Vatican

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

A suspect who allegedly received orders from ISIS to attack the Vatican and Israel’s embassy in Rome is among several extremists arrested in Italy. The arrests were made in Lombardy and Piedmont late last month. They came as the result of a joint operation co-ordinated by Milan’s district attorney and the Italian anti-terror agency. Authorities Read more

Pope condemns ‘rejection’ of migrants in Easter message

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Pope Francis condemned the “rejection” of migrants during his traditional Easter message in the Vatican. “All too often, these brothers and sisters of ours meet along the way with death or, in any event, rejection by those who could offer them welcome and assistance,” said the pontiff on Easter Sunday. Pope Francis urge people to Read more

Pope Francis condemns attack on Pakistani Christians

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Pope Francis condemned the attack on Christians celebrating Easter in Pakistan on Sunday. At least 74 people, 24 of whom children, were killed in the incident. The pontiff described the attack “reprehensible.” He said Easter “was bloodied by an execrable attack which massacred many innocent people, mostly families of the Christian minority.” “I appeal to Read more

Poland and US organizers working to ensure safety of World Youth Day pilgrims

Friday, April 1st, 2016

World Youth Day organizers in the United States and Poland remain in touch with diplomatic and security officials in their respective countries to ensure that pilgrims will remain safe during the festival of faith in late July. Security is expected to be extremely tight in Krakow, Poland, the WYD host city, as authorities in both Read more

Pope Francis prays for victims of Istanbul bombing

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

French priest stood down after criticising terror victims

Friday, December 4th, 2015

A French priest has been stood down after he compared those killed in the Bataclan concert hall in Paris with the ISIS terrorists who shot them. Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon announced the standing down of Fr Hervé Benoît last Friday. The priest had written a column posted to a traditionalist website in which he Read more

At start of African visit, Pope names what feeds terrorism

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Starting his three-nation African visit on Wednesday, Pope Francis said violence and terrorism feed on “despair” which comes from poverty and frustration. Speaking in Nairobi, Kenya, the Pope said fear and mistrust spring from the same source. He also re-iterated his view that the protection of the environment needs to take place alongside building a Read more

A brief history of Islamic State

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

ISIS considers itself the “Islamic Caliphate” (a theological empire) and controls vast swathes of land in western Iraq and eastern Syria. They also have “allegiance” from different radical Islamic groups around the world (from Afghanistan to Nigeria) who “govern” self-proclaimed provinces. Within the areas they control they have established a reign of terror second to Read more

Paris: the problem is deeper than criminal acts

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

There’s something profoundly rotten about cultures that can give birth to the murderous behaviour on show in Paris last Friday. This is just the latest and probably most visible instance because it happened in one of the hubs of the European and North American news media. These hubs make things that happen in too many other Read more