- Apr 16, 2021
Two attackers blew themselves up outside a packed Catholic cathedral during a Palm Sunday Mass on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, wounding at least 14 people, police said.
Pope Francis named Cardinal Jose Advincula of Capiz to be the new archbishop of Manila.
Even as the last of five fires was still out of control among clusters of tents and shelters that house 600,000 Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Abdullah Fuad, head of programs for Caritas Bangladesh, was thinking of the women and children who have now endured one more disaster.
Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, in Myanmar, has asked that as tensions national rise and the death count grows amid the country’s military coup, protesters reaffirm their commitment to non-violence.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman is warning that the government will forcibly close Catholic churches in the capital if priests proceed with a plan to hold Masses.
International Catholic organizations are condemning the actions of the Myanmar military, which has continued to crack down on protesters since its Feb. 1 coup.
Philippine troops killed an Abu Sayyaf rebel commander blamed for years of ransom kidnappings and on Sunday rescued the last of his four Indonesian captives, the military said.
Over the past week, the houses of 450 Catholic families were destroyed in Pakistan, and those of 1,000 Christians will be bulldozed by government officials in upcoming days.