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Catholic Church calls for prayers for Irish priest

| October 25, 2009 | 0 Comments



PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines — The leadership of the Catholic Church in Zamboanga del Sur, has called on the faithful to stage prayer vigils for the immediate release of 79-year-old Irish missionary priest Michael Sinnott who was kidnapped from his residence last Oct. 11. Speaking in a multi-sectoral and ecumenical prayer rally on […]




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No word yet on meds sent to kidnapped priest

| October 24, 2009 | 1 Comment



PAGADIAN CITY, Philippines—Medicines have been sent out to kidnapped Irish priest Michael Sinnot but there has been no word yet if any has actually reached him, according to a provincial official. Allan Molde, spokesperson of the Zamboanga del Sur Crisis Management Committee, said the medicines were sent out through emissaries. Molde said the latest batch […]




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11 days into Irish priest kidnapping, Columban missionaries still has no contacts with captors in the Philippines

| October 22, 2009 | 0 Comments



ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / October 22, 2009) – Eleven days into his kidnapping, Irish missioner Michael Sinnott nor his captors have contacted Philippine authorities as fears for the health of the ailing Columban priest mounts. Sinnott, who will turn 80 in December, was taken from his home in Pagadian City in the southern […]




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Kidnapped priest seen thrice; military holds fire

| October 14, 2009 | 0 Comments



ZAMBOANGA CITY—Navy gunboats and ground troops Tuesday joined forces to block the escape routes of gunmen holding Irish priest Fr. Michael Sinnott, who was seized by men believed to be the same ones that kidnapped an Italian missionary two years ago. Since he was abducted on Sunday night while strolling outside his convent in Pagadian […]




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Religious targets of kidnapping

| October 14, 2009 | 0 Comments



MANILA, Philippines—At least 15 church people have been kidnapped in Mindanao since 1993. They included eight foreign nationals and seven Filipinos. March 18, 1993. Spanish priest Fr. Bernardo Blanco was driving to his parish in Matarling, Basilan, when gunmen abducted him. He escaped after 48 days in captivity. June 8, 1994. Abu Sayyaf bandits waylaid […]




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‘Kidnapping foreign priests are more lucrative’

| October 14, 2009 | 0 Comments



MANILA, Philippines – Kidnap-for-ransom groups prefer to target foreign priests because they have a higher value than their local counterparts, a Church official said today (Oct. 14). Archbishop emeritus Oscar Cruz of Lingayen-Dagupan said foreign missionaries have the support of their congregation in the country, and even their embassies. "When Filipino priests are kidnapped, they […]




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Philippine navy tries to seal off priest’s kidnappers

| October 13, 2009 | 0 Comments



PAGADIAN, Philippines — Philippine navy gunboats were deployed and road checkpoints set up Tuesday to block the escape routes of suspected Islamic militants who abducted an Irish priest, authorities said. The dramatic efforts came as Michael Sinnott's church vowed not to pay any ransom for his release, and warned again that the 79-year-old's life was […]




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Philippines searches for abducted Irish missionary

| October 12, 2009 | 0 Comments



MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine security forces combed coastal areas on the southern island of Mindanao on Monday to locate gunmen holding an Irish Catholic missionary as church leaders appealed to the kidnappers to free the ailing priest. Michael Sinnott, 78, a Columbian priest, was taken at gunpoint by six men who stormed his home in […]




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Irish priest abducted in Philippines

| October 11, 2009 | 0 Comments



MANILA, Philippines — Heavily armed men barged into a Catholic convent and kidnapped a 78-year old Irish priest late Sunday in the volatile southern Philippines before spiriting him away in a motor boat, an official said. The six gunmen entered the Columban House in Pagadian city, Zamboanga del Sur province, and dragged Michael Sinnott into […]




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Motive Sought for Slaying of Church Worker in Bangladesh

| September 25, 2009 | 1 Comment



DHAKA, Bangladesh, Authorities are investigating possible motives for the vicious killing of a church worker by students at Dhaka University. A management student at the university and his friends are accused of torturing and killing Swapan Mondol, 35, on Sept. 12 in Suhrawardy Park, adjacent to the university. Mondol, a convert from Hinduism, was supervisor […]




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SKorea seeks to curb missionary travel to Mideast

| August 27, 2009 | 0 Comments



SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is considering restricting Christian missionaries' travel to the Middle East, where their evangelical work makes them vulnerable to terrorist attack. Foreign Ministry officials said Thursday that the government may impose restrictions because missionary work in some Middle Eastern nations threatens the safety of not only the missionaries themselves but […]




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Church-based Projects in Chad Continue Amidst Security Threats

| June 8, 2009 | 0 Comments



Defying the ongoing security threats, Church-based aid agency continues its good work in eastern Chad amidst ‘banditry,’ and fears the arrival of rain may further “hampered” the task. “While calm has returned to the eastern part of Chad after heavy fighting between Chadian soldiers and rebel militias in early May, our emergency operations are still […]




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Mexico violence curtails Dallas-area churches’ mission trips

| May 9, 2009 | 0 Comments



For Rita Thomas, nothing beats working in the hot sun in Juárez, Mexico, helping to build cinderblock homes for people used to living in dirt-floor shacks. "My heart is full when I'm there," said Thomas, who first went to Juárez 5 ½ years ago with a team from Suncreek United Methodist Church of Allen, and […]




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