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Jesuit kidnapped in Syria

AFTER weeks with no word from Jesuit Father Paolo Dall'Oglio, an Italian priest who worked for decades in Syria, Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said, "it seems he has been kidnapped by an Islamist group" that is a "local version of al-Qaida," the terrorist group.

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Popes united against the tide

At a weekly public audience earlier this year, the pope underscored one of his characteristic themes - the counter-cultural implications of membership in the Church.

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Pope prays for ‘grace of shame’ for Jesuits

Pope Francis

Celebrating the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola with more than 200 of his Jesuit confreres in Rome, Pope Francis prayed that he and all of them would receive "the grace of shame" for their failures and the humility to recognise that whatever good they accomplish is really done by the Lord.

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‘Boko Haram is a product of corruption’

NIGERIA: Despite the per-manent threat of acts of terrorism by the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram, the faithful in the northern Nigerian Diocese of Maidu-guri "are very brave and have no fear", Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme said.

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