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Church Focuses On Safety After Kidnapping

| January 3, 2010 | 1 Comment

STATESVILLE, N.C. — A large than usual crowd filled the pews Sunday at Broad Street United Methodist Church in Statesville. The church held its first service on Sunday since two employees were kidnapped and robbed last week. Church officials said they’ve already made changes to improve security since the violence. Pastor Don Shulman said the […]

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2 women kidnapped from Statesville church

| January 1, 2010 | 1 Comment

STATESVILLE, N.C. — Authorities in Iredell County are searching for a man who kidnapped two women from a church in Statesville and then drove around town, using their ATM cards to withdraw money. Statesville police say when the man walked into Broad Street United Methodist it was obvious that he wasn't coming to offer praise. […]

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Sex offender who grabbed girl, 4, at Tucson church faces prison

| December 4, 2009 | 0 Comments

A 57-year-old Tucson sex offender who was recently convicted of restraining a 4-year-old girl inside Santa Cruz Catholic Church is facing between 4 1/2 and 7 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to failing to change his address. John Arthur Drusts will be sentenced by Pima County Superior Court Judge Howard Fell Jan. […]

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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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Woman accused of kidnapping baby from church nursery is competent to stand trial

| October 30, 2009 | 0 Comments

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP — A young woman who police say kidnapped a baby from a church nursery was found competent to stand trial, a judge said today. But the woman's attorney said her client is "not doing well." Tabitha Reid, 19, waived her preliminary hearing in 63rd District Court today, sending the case against her […]

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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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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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