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Two Missionaries From Wisconsin Church Found Safe After Haiti Quake

| January 13, 2010 | 0 Comments



Two missionaries affiliated with a Wisconsin church who had been out of contact following the devastating earthquake in Haiti have been found safe, FoxNews.com has learned. Betty and Huguener Bastia, pastors of the Calvary Chapel of Caneille in Haiti, had last been seen Tuesday afternoon in Port-au-Prince, where they traveled from rural Caneille to celebrate […]




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All members of Hackettstown church group alive after Haiti earthquake

| January 13, 2010 | 0 Comments



HACKETTSTOWN — There were sighs of relief and prayers of joy at the Trinity United Church in Hackettstown this afternoon where church officials and family member said they were contacted by a mission group that had gone to Haiti last Saturday. The Rev. Frank Fowler managed to make a brief telephone call at 12:10 p.m. […]




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Haiti earthquake aftermath leaves N.J. churches, families waiting for word from loved ones

| January 13, 2010 | 0 Comments



New Jersey residents are frantically trying to contact loved ones and friends from Haiti in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake in the country that may have left thousands dead. Communications with the devastated country have been limited, leaving church members, relatives, and others to rely on news reports, scrambled voice mails, and, for some, […]




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Gunfire interrupts church mission trip

| December 9, 2009 | 0 Comments



A group of nine men from Church for the Harvest in Alexandria got more than they bargained for during a recent mission trip to Mexico. They not only helped remodel a soup kitchen, visited with an orphanage and brought supplies to families living in squalor, but the men were also caught in the crossfire between […]




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MILF rebels charged with priest’s kidnapping

| November 17, 2009 | 0 Comments



MANILA : Three Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels and several individuals have been charged with the kidnapping of Irish Columban Father Michael Sinnott. Two of the men were named as Saidamen Montaner and James Palwa. "We have strong evidence against them and we have witnesses," Philippine National Police Director General Jesus Verzosa told "The […]




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Freed Irish priest ‘treated well by Muslim kidnappers’

| November 12, 2009 | 0 Comments



Rev Michael Sinnott was freed in the early hours of Thursday morning. He said he was not harmed by his captors but was now "extremely exhausted". "For long periods of time we had nothing at all to do, so we sat around in the hammocks and talked at length about religion," said Rev Sinnott, who […]




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Novenas to Our Lady of Remedies seek safe return of kidnapped missionary

| November 10, 2009 | 0 Comments



Manila, Philippines, Nov 10, 2009 / 03:56 am (CNA).- The Columban community in Manila has begun novena Masses to Our Lady of Remedies to pray for the immediate release of kidnapped Irish priest Fr. Michael Sinnott. Fr. Sinnott was taken at gunpoint by six men who stormed his home in Pagadian City on the island […]




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Trail of Irish priest grows cold

| November 8, 2009 | 0 Comments



NEARLY a month after the kidnapping, there has still been no actual sighting of Irish priest Michael Sinnott and his captors, a military ground commander said yesterday. Troops are under instructions not to readily engage the kidnappers, believed to be rogue members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, if they are sighted, said Col. Benito […]




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Accused Philippine rebel kidnapper to remain hidden: MILF

| November 5, 2009 | 0 Comments



COTABATO, Philippines — Philippine Muslim rebel leaders on Thursday refused a government demand to force one of their members accused of kidnapping an Irish priest to come out and personally deny the allegation. Aloy Al Asree, a commander of more than 3,000 men in the troubled southern Philippines, would not want to turn himself into […]




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No-ransom policy yet many are kidnapped

| November 4, 2009 | 0 Comments



A high-ranking official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Tuesday said that he was confused on why the government stuck to a no-ransom policy on the abduction of Irish missionary Father Michael Sinnott. “Ako’y nagtataka, that the administration is quite definite in saying [that it has a] no-ransom policy. Eh bakit […]




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Warning to local, foreign priests: stay away from kidnap-prone areas

| November 3, 2009 | 0 Comments



MANILA, Philippines – The Church hierarchy in Cotabato advised foreign and local missionaries to stay away from areas where they could fall prey to kidnapping. Cotabato Auxiliary Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo said they have requested all priests in the province to avoid such dangerous areas. He said they have instituted some policies to prevent any […]




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No ransom for kidnapped priest

| November 2, 2009 | 0 Comments



PAGADIAN CITY, Philippines, Nov. 2 (UPI) — Roman Catholic Church leaders have rejected a $2 million ransom demand for an elderly Irish priest kidnapped in the Philippines, authorities said. Michael Sinnott, 79, was kidnapped Oct. 11 from the Society of St. Columban Center in Pagadian City, where he worked. Last weekend, his abductors released a […]




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Crisis team ready to talk to priest’s kidnappers

| November 1, 2009 | 0 Comments



PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines — The Zamboanga del Sur Crisis Management Committee (CMC) is ready to negotiate with the kidnappers of 79-year-old Irish missionary priest Michael Sinnott. Allan June Molde, CMC spokesperson, however, said the government's no-ransom policy would remain the context of any talks. The pronouncement came on the heels of the […]




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Church, police fear for kidnapped priest

| October 29, 2009 | 0 Comments



MANILA, Philippines, Oct. 28 (UPI) — Philippine police and Catholic officials are increasingly concerned about the health of kidnapped Irish priest Michael Sinnott, a heart bypass patient abducted two weeks ago. Military intelligence and separatist Islamic group sources have confirmed that Sinnott, 79, is still alive, according to reports in local media. But he is […]




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No contact with priest’s kidnappers

| October 26, 2009 | 0 Comments



ZAMBOANGA CITY: Eleven days into his kidnapping, neither Irish priest Michael Sinnott nor his captors have contacted the authorities as fears for the health of the ailing Columban missionary mount. Sinnott, who will turn 80 in December, was taken from his home in Pagadian City in the southern province of Zamboanga del Sur on October […]




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