Ethiopian authorities release some Salesian missionaries

People displaced by conflict in Ethiopia receive basic humanitarian aid  CHURCH ETHIOPIA WAR HUMANITARIAN EMERGENCY MISSIONARIES RELIGIOUS POLITICAL VIOLENCE A group of religious and lay members of a Salesian missionary organization who were arrested and detained 10 days ago by government forces has been released. Many others remain held in custody. By Vatican News staff writer There are 14 people still held in custody by the Ethiopian police, including Salesian religious, brothers, laity, employees. According to Fides news agency, seven other Salesians, plus an employed woman, were released by the police on Saturday morning. On Monday they reportedly appeared before a court and should be released on bail. State of Emergency and crackdown Amid a recently declared state of emergency, Ethiopian authorities have begun a crackdown on people that the government says are “supporters” of the rebellious Tigrayan forces. The arrests have included Salesian missionaries, as well as 72 humanitarian aid truck drivers and 16 other UN humanitarian staffers.   READ ALSO 11/11/2021 Ethiopia: Salesian missionaries arrested in Addis Ababa The raid on 5 November was carried out on a centre in Gottera in Addis Ababa, and the 17 people who were arrested were taken to an unknown destination....

Ethiopia: Salesian missionaries arrested in Addis Ababa

Ethiopian soldiers  CHURCH ETHIOPIA WAR UN RELIGIOUS Amid a recently declared state of emergency, Ethiopian authorities have begun a crackdown on people that the government says are “supporters” of the rebellious Tigrayan forces. The arrests have included Salesian missionaries, as well as 72 humanitarian aid truck drivers and 16 other UN humanitarian staffers. By Vatican News staff writer Government forces in Ethiopia raided a centre run by the Salesians of Don Bosco in Addis Ababa and arrested 17 people, including priests, religious brothers, and employees, amid a general climate of uncertainty and tension in the country brought about by the year-long war between the government and Tigrayan forces. Reports say that the raid was carried out on 5 November on a centre in Gottera, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, and the 17 people who were arrested were taken to an unknown destination. The motive for their arrest remains unclear. Meanwhile, the Salesians, who have worked in Ethiopia since 1975, are continuing to pray for peace and unity in the country, and for the safe return of their arrested brothers. Tense situation The war in Ethiopia has not spared civilians, as thousands have died and millions have been displaced, forced...

Three cardinals meet Premier Modi for the release of Fr Tom Uzhunnalil

India – Three cardinals meet Premier Modi for the release of Fr Tom Uzhunnalil 10 February 2017 (ANS – New Delhi) – On Wednesday 8 February, three Indian cardinals met with the Prime Minister of India, Hon. Narendra Modi, in his office at the headquarters of Parliament, to request the Government to adopt urgent measures to secure the release of Fr Tom Uzhunallil, the Indian Salesian missionary kidnapped in March last year in Aden, Yemen.The request was presented by the highest representatives of the Indian bishops: Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, President of the Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), as well as Archbishop of Trivandrum of the Syro-Malankar rite; Card. George Alancherry, Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar rite; and Card. Oswald Gracias, President of the Episcopal Conference of the Bishops of the Latin Rite (CCBI).Prime Minister Modi assured them that the government  would take the necessary and immediate action to that effect, while for their part, the three cardinals assured the prime minister that the Catholic Church and Christians will continue to support the growth of the country.The official statement on the meeting, published on the website of the CBCI, states that the Indian Prime Minister also informed the three cardinals that...

Belgium – United to end the scourge of child soldiers

Belgium – United to end the scourge of child soldiers 08 February 2017 (ANS – Brussels) – Ahead of the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers (12 February) and taking advantage of the valuable documentary produced by Misiones Salesianas entitled Alto el Fuego (Ceasefire) on the work being done by Salesians for the personal rehabilitation and social reintegration of child soldiers, Don Bosco International organized a series of events in Brussels to promote the Salesian work of Ciudad Don Bosco in Medellin. After the first meetings in Rome, a delegation consisting of Manuel and Catalina, two young participants in the rehabilitation project, and Rafael Bejarano and James Areiza, Director and Head of Child Protection respectively in Ciudad Don Bosco in Medellin, has been continuing its tour in BelgiumOn Monday 6 February, the documentary was presented to 600 students of the Woluwe-Saint-Lambert Institute. They showed enormous interest and respect for the work of Manuel and Catalina. Later, with the support of the Justice and Peace Commission and the Commission of Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), an information lunch was organized for representatives of the media and NGOs. In the afternoon, Fr Bejarano and the two young people...

Francisco pede o fim da escravidão das crianças-soldado 

O Vídeo do Papa chegou a sua edição número 12 e assim cumpre a primeira temporada completa de vídeos mensais enfocando os desafios atuais da humanidade. A Rede Mundial de Oração do Papa apresenta &… Source: Francisco pede o fim da escravidão das crianças-soldado – Religião – Aleteia: vida plena com...