Mother Mary said at Fatima: "My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the sure way which will lead you to God." St. Thomas Aquinas said: "The things we love tell us who we are!" With that in mind, I will try to post each day something about Our Blessed Lady, items about the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and public domain Catholic books too! I pray you enjoy my ministry!
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2. Tears of Mary!
ASIA/AFGHANISTAN – Jesuit kidnapped: Fr. Moretti asks for “prayer and silence”
English: Monochrome version of the IHS emblem of the Jesuits (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Kabul (Agenzia Fides) – “Let us live this moment, after the
kidnapping of a Jesuit priest, in profound, silent prayer and full of
hope. It is a sad moment which we hope will soon evolve positively. We
ask the media strict confidence, so that the institutional bodies can do
their job and save father Alexis Prem Kumar”: This is what Mgr.
Giuseppe Moretti, Superior of the “Missio sui iuris” of Afghanistan says
to Fides Agency with regards to the kidnapping of the Indian Jesuit Fr.
Alexis Prem Kumar, who was kidnapped in Afghanistan on June 2 by an
unidentified group of armed men.
Fr. Prem Kumar, 47, was kidnapped while on a visit to a school for
returnees in the village of Sohadat, 25 km from Herat. The kidnapping
was confirmed by the Provincial Superior of the Jesuits in South Asia,
Fr. Edward Mudavassery. Fr. Kumar has been working in Afghanistan for
four years as director of the “Jesuit Refugee Service” (JRS), the
service for refugees. The Jesuits have informed the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of India and the Governor of Herat.
“The Jesuits – explains Fr. Moretti – have a community in Herat and
carry out a service mainly in the field of education. They operate
autonomously, via JRS, for humanitarian assistance”. The Superior of the
“Missio sui iuris” explains: “There is no concrete news concerning
those who kidnapped Fr. Kumar. Kidnappings of foreigners are common
throughout the country. We only know that he was kidnapped by armed men,
they could be Taliban factions or common criminals”.
The “Jesuit Refugee Service” is an international voluntary organization
sponsored by the Society of Jesus. The South Asia regional office
assists and takes care, on the whole, of more than 800 thousand
refugees: the Bhutanese refugees in Nepal, the Sri Lankan refugees in
India, Afghan refugees. Services provided include medical care,
education, professional training, psychological support, community
development. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 03/06/2014)
ASIA/LEBANON – Orthodox Patriarch Yohanna X announces the Conference of the Church of Antioch
Tripoli (Agenzia Fides) – In a public letter addressed to all the
members of his Church, the Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, Yohanna X
al-Yazigi, announced a General ecclesial Conference which will be held
at the Monastery of Our Lady of Balamand on June 26-28,
near the Lebanese city of Tripoli. In the letter of invitation, sent to
Fides Agency, the Antiochian ecclesial Conference is presented by the
Patriarch as a precious opportunity to reconfigure and strengthen the
presence and overall pastoral activity of the Patriarchate of Antioch in
the Middle East which house his dioceses and parishes.
“We – the Patriarch writes among other things – look at the Church as a reality at the service of the world that God loved.
We are aware of the important task entrusted to us. The body of our
Antiochian Church” recognizes the Patriarch “continues to suffer in
Syria, Lebanon and Iraq, and our Arab human reality remains oppressed
and without homeland in Palestine”.
According to the Patriarch, the Conference will express, as its primary
objective, the concern of the dioceses and parishes with regards to the
condition experienced by the nations suffering in the Middle East: “When
we affirm our unity”, explains the Patriarch, “we take on our task: to
dry the tears of all” without distinction “among the Christian and
Muslim children of our society”. Concretely, the renewed commitment is,
according to the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Antioch, in taking
charge of the “increased pastoral needs” even in the field of
educational services, initiatives of charity and social works, for the
benefit of all. His Beatitude Yohanna acknowledges that “in our region
one experiences a time in which the conjunction of politics and religion
is having negative repercussions for believers and religious
He therefore invites to monitor the situations in which “even the
adjectives ‘Christian’ and ‘Orthodox’ are exploited for personal gain
and for reasons that have no relation with the Christian message”.
Yohanna X-Yazigi was elected Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch in December
2012. He is the brother of the Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo Boulos,
who was abducted by unknown kidnappers on April 22, 2013 along with the
Syrian Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim.
(GV) (Agenzia Fides 03/06/2014)