Indian Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who was abducted by Islamic State militants in Yemen and held captive for more than a year, was freed.
Dear Editor: I would like to respond to Denis Sugrue and Roseanne Cleary regarding my letter of July 13. I am a practicing Catholic with 16 years of Catholic education. I served as a B-52 pilot with two Vietnam tours.
The murder of 84-year-old Father Jacques Hamel in northern France during a weekday morning Mass July 26 is another act of “absurd violence” added to too many stories of senseless violence and death, said a Vatican spokesman.
The brutal “beheading” of 84-year-old Father Jacques Hamel in France by radical Islamic terrorists is yet another sign that the worldwide jihad is real and that there are no limits to what these brutal fanatics will do.
On Good Friday, the world was awaiting a crucifixion. Father Tom Uzhunnalil, a Salesian priest working with the martyred Missionaries of Charity in Yemen, was kidnapped on March 4. Suspected to be the work of Islamic terrorists, no one has claimed responsibility for last month’s attack in which gunmen killed four Indian nuns, two Yemeni female staff members, eight elderly residents and a guard.
Passions over the immigration issue are strong among U.S. presidential candidates, and as guest columnist John Garvey writes, Catholics must keep their minds and hearts open.
Pope Francis endorsed a recent U.N. resolution on peace in Syria and expressed “deep appreciation” to the international community for reaching an agreement.
We are still reeling from the vicious attack in San Bernardino, Calif., on Dec. 2. This terrorist-inspired attack at the Inland Regional Center, a state-run facility for developmentally disabled people, was perpetrated by Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik.
The past two weeks reminded us that the world is a very scary place. The bloodshed caused by ISIS in Paris and the continuing real threat of terrorism in Belgium, Italy and yes, even in the U.S., should remind us, as we are urged in our liturgical readings with the start of a new liturgical year, that the world is passing away. This old world is groaning under the weight of human sinfulness; it is screaming out for a savior, for one to come along and take away the pain, the uncertainty.
Dozens of Christians are feared to be among the 230 people abducted by Islamic State after the extremist group’s militants captured a central Syrian town in early August.