Posts Tagged ‘terrorist attacks’

Sri Lanka Catholics mark ‘Black Sunday’ for Easter victims

Thursday, March 11th, 2021

Sri Lankan Roman Catholics attended Mass dressed in black on Sunday, with prayers and protests calling for justice for those killed in coordinated suicide bomb attacks on Easter Sunday two years ago. Church bells tolled and prayers were chanted at 8:45 a.m., the time when bombs were detonated almost simultaneously at two Roman Catholic churches Read more

Nice terror attack – basilica ‘cleansed.’ Arrests made

Thursday, November 5th, 2020
Nice terror attack

French bishops conducted a “penitential rite of reparation” in a church where three people were murdered in a second significant Nice terror attack. The mass was celebrated in Notre Dame Basilica on Nov. 1 by Nice Bishop André Marceau. He was joined by Archbishop Jean-Marc Aveline of Marseille and Archbishop Dominique-Marie David of Monaco. The Read more

Pope dismayed by “deplorable” acts of violence

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

Pope Francis, during his Wednesday General Audience, said his thoughts and prayers were with the innocent victims of hatred and terror that have bloodied European soil. Holding his in the library of the Apostolic Palace, the pope described the violence in Nice and Vienna as “deplorable acts that aim to compromise fraternal collaboration between religions”. Read more

Speak out: terrorists must not dictate interfaith relationships

Monday, April 29th, 2019

The vicar general of the Auckland diocese, Monsignor Bernard Kiely, told a gathering in Auckland to speak out when terrorist attacks occur. He was giving the homily at a service to remember the victims of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka. “Speak out and be very clear that the extremists and the terrorists do Read more

Houses of worship – including Catholic – are targets for extremist attacks

Monday, March 18th, 2019

A look at recent records shows numerous attacks on houses of worship are carried out by extremists. Since 2010, for example, there have been at least 27 deadly attacks in places of worship. The following timeline offers a sample of these attacks. July 16, 2010: 27 killed and 270 injured after a double suicide bombing Read more

Filipino priest free after four months as hostage

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Catholic Filipino priest Teresito “Chito” Suganob is finally free, having been held hostage by Islamic State-linked militants for almost four months in the war-torn city of Marawi. According to The New York Times, the priest was rescued late on Saturday by the Philippines military, as it moved closer to rooting out the remaining gunmen from Read more

Paris prosecutor says four arrested over failed church attack

Friday, November 18th, 2016

The Paris prosecutor says four men have been arrested over a failed attack on a suburban Parisian church last year. They were arrested separately on Tuesday. France’s LCI television said they may have provided logistical help to chief suspect Sid Ahmed Ghlam. Read more      

Priest in Indonesia suffers minor injuries in copy-cat suicide bomb attack

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

The suicide bomb attack on a priest carried out by Ivan Armadi, a 17-year -old Indonesian was inspired by the murder of a French priest in July. “He was imitating … the priest attack because of the internet,” General Tito Karnavian Jakata’s national police chief told foreign journalists. However Armadi’s bomb-making skills, acquired over the Read more

Terrorist attacks on church and mosque in Nigeria

Friday, August 10th, 2012

A terrorist attack on an evangelical Christian church in central Nigeria, in which at least 20 people including the pastor were killed, has been followed a day later by a similar attack on a mosque. The assault on the main mosque of Okene showed the true nature of the terrorist attacks by the Islamist insurgency Read more