Posts Tagged ‘Torture’

Torturing people is a mortal sin, says Pope Comments 0

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Torturing people is a mortal sin, a grave sin, says Pope Francis. In a Tuesday message for the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Francis said that torture didn’t end in Auschwitz-Birkenau. “Today people are being tortured. Many prisoners are tortured. Today in many places where there is war the same thing happens. Read more

Torture victims’ children’s baptism certificates evidence of crimes Comments 0

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Argentina’s Catholic bishops will hand over more than 100 baptism certificates of babies born to political prisoners in a torture centre during the country’s dictatorship. The bishops say their decision came in light of a “longing of Pope Francis”, who was the former bishop of Buenos Aires in Argentina. Francis has promised human rights groups Read more

European leaders knowingly complicit in torture Comments 0

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

European Union (EU) leaders are “knowingly complicit in the torture and exploitation” of thousands of migrants and refugees from Libya. In a new report titled “Libya’s Dark Web of Collusion”, Amnesty International says the EU finances the Libyan coastguard and officials running the country’s detention camps to carry out torture and exploitation. At present, the Read more

Sr. Dianna Ortiz, advocate for victims of human trafficking Comments 0

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

In 1989, while serving in Guatemala as a missionary in a Mayan community, Ursuline Sr. Dianna Ortiz was abducted and tortured by Guatemalan security forces. This trauma fuelled her passion for human rights work. Ortiz now serves as the editor of Education for Justice, a project of the Center of Concern. She also founded the Read more

Torturing of witchcraft suspects posted on social media Comments 0

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

A gruesome video online shows the torture of four women accused of witchcraft and “invisibly” taking out a man’s heart and eating it in a village of Papua New Guinea. The footage, reportedly taken in a village of the Enga province, shows four women who have been stripped, tied up, burned and beaten. Several men Read more

Vatican helps find humanitarian solution to Guantanamo Comments 0

Friday, December 19th, 2014

The Vatican is ready to help the US as it looks to close Guantanamo Bay prison. The offer came during a meeting on Tuesday, between Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and US Secretary of State, John Kerry, held at the Vatican. The Vatican stood ready to “help find adequate humanitarian solutions through our international contacts”, Read more

Unaccompanied child immigrants Comments 0

Friday, July 4th, 2014

On Christmas Eve, 1991, I was preparing to celebrate Mass. I was at Casa Romero, a hospitality center for refugees set up by the Diocese of Brownsville in response to a massive number of Central Americans fleeing violence by heading north to the USA. Because I had some time before we were supposed to start Read more

UN committee on torture slates Vatican response to abuse Comments 1

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

The United Nations Committee against Torture has issued a damning report on the Vatican’s response to the clergy child sex abuse crisis. Among the committee’s accusations were failures to report allegations of abuse to authorities, and refusing to disclose information for criminal proceedings. The report cited Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Papal Nuncio to Australia, who, it Read more

Vatican grilled by UN anti-torture panel over abuse Comments 0

Friday, May 9th, 2014

The Vatican has faced intense questioning about child sexual abuse before a United Nations committee that oversees a convention against torture. On May 5 in Geneva, the Vatican’s handling of the global clerical sex abuse scandal was compared with torture. If it does fit the definition of torture, any failure to investigate clergy and their superiors Read more

Sri Lanka: War over, yet torture continues Comments 0

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Jesuthasan Rojananth, a 23-year-old Catholic Tamil from Mannar, heard that the security situation in Sri Lanka had improved for ethnic Tamils. So when he had problems renewing his student visa in Malaysia earlier this year, he decided to return to his home country. He’d been away from Sri Lanka since February of 2010, when he Read more