Two Catholic priests kidnapped after violent attack by 10 assailants
Two Catholic priests were abducted in the Democratic Republic of Congo Sunday night.
The Democratic Republic of Congo continues to be faced with extreme violence.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Father Charles Kipasa and Jean-Pierre Akilimali were attacked and kidnapped by around ten assailants at Our Lady of the Angels parish in Bunyuka, near the border of Uganda, according to Reuters.
The country's bishops have cried out for the kidnap victims unharmed release. They beg of security to do all they can to free the priests.
They also acknowledged three other priests were abducted in October 2012 in the same area. They have still not been released.
The border area has become associated as a site of war, violence, and rebellions for the last two decades, as it suffers from ethnic tensions. Hundreds of people have been murdered by attackers using machetes and hatchets.
Less than a year ago, in December 2016, a nun near the same location was killed during what is said to have been a robbery.
"Priests are men of God who devote their lives to the good of the population without a political agenda. To hurt them is to harm the community they serve," said the National Episcopal Conference of Congo.
Terrorizing violence against the religious has become more and more common all over the world. We read about priests facing harm in DRC, and at the same time, priests are hit with the same kind of hatred in Mexico, the Middle East, and China.
Let us stand together, as brothers and sisters of God, and pray for peace in all the countries of the world.
Lord, we pray for the power to be gentle; the strength to be forgiving; the patience to be understanding, and the endurance to accept the consequences of holding to what we believe to be right.
May we put our trust in the power of good to overcome evil and the power of love to overcome hatred.
We pray for the vision to see and the faith to believe in a world emancipated from violence, a new world where fear shall no longer lead men to commit injustice, nor selfishness make them bring suffering to others.
Help us to devote our whole life and thought and energy to the task of making peace, always praying for the inspiration and the power to fulfill the destiny for which we and all men were created.
Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for OCTOBER 2017
Workers and the Unemployed. That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.
Madagascar plague outbreak appears to be new, antibiotic resistant strain, can kill within three hours Watch
An ancient disease is stalking humanity once again, and this time it is exceptionally deadly. The plague has reemerged in Madagascar and is ... continue reading
An Italian Catholic priest, who is a member of the Neocatechumenal Way, was kidnapped on Thursday by armed men in Benin City, Nigeria, ... continue reading
The tally of South Sudanese refugees entering Uganda for shelter and safety marked 1 million this week, in what is now the world's fastest ... continue reading
Massive mudslide in Sierra Leone impacts 9,000 people, Catholic Relief Services, Red Cross, aiding survivors Watch
A massive mudslide in Sierra Leone's capital city has left hundreds dead and thousands homeless, with relief agencies hurrying to respond. ... continue reading
At least 11 people are dead after a gunman opened fire during Mass at the St. Philip Catholic Church in southeastern Nigeria early Sunday. ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Daily Reading for Monday, November 20th, 2017 HD Video
- Daily Readings for Sunday, November 19, 2017
- Pope Francis calls for end of life care to acknowledge mortality
- St. Nerses the Great: Saint of the Day for Sunday, November 19, 2017
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 HD Video
- The FBI may investigate Planned Parenthood
- Has Pope Francis violated the 8th Commandment, speaking out against ...
- The Catholic Miracle. Become part of our incredible mission HD
- Daily Reading for Sunday, November 19th, 2017 HD
- Did Pope Francis blast 'perverse attitude' of climate change deniers? HD
- Scientists warn: The end of life as we know it is near HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way