Islamic State claims responsibility for Sri Lanka Easter bombings

The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka that killed at least 321 people and left 500 injured. “The perpetrators of the attack that targeted nationals of the countries of the coalitions and Christians in Sri Lanka before yesterday are fighters from the Islamic State,” the Islamic State said through its Aamaq news agency April 23. Sri Lankan officials suspected the local Islamist group, the National Thowheed Jamath, of carrying out the attacks, but one government spokesman added that it was likely that an…

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Cardinal criticises Sri Lanka government for failing to protect Christians

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, Sri Lanka, has blamed the country’s authorities for the security lapse he claims could have prevented Easter bombings, in which the death toll surpassed 320. “We placed our hands on our heads when we came to know that these deaths could have been avoided. Why this was not prevented?” Cardinal Ranjith told reporters. “The government should hold an impartial for inquiry and find out who is responsible for these attacks.” The cardinal traveled to the fishing village of Negombo, where more than 1,000 people gathered…

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Nigeria: Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja gets new Archbishop

The Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed as coadjutor archbishop of the archdiocese of Abuja, Nigeria, H.E. Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, currently archbishop of Jos. H.E. Ignatius Ayau Kaigama was born on 31 July 1958 in Kona, diocese of Jalingo in Nigeria. He studied theology at the “St. Augustine” major seminary in Jos and was ordained a priest on 6 June 1981 for the diocese of Yola. In 1991 he received a doctorate in spiritual theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was appointed as the first bishop of the…

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Nigeria: Catholic diocese Port Harcourt gets new auxiliary bishop

Appointment of auxiliary bishop of Port Harcourt, Nigeria The Holy Father has appointed as auxiliary bishop of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, the Rev. Patrick Eluke, of the clergy of Port Harcourt, currently pastor of the Saint Francis of Assisi parish in Rumuokwuta, assigning him the titular see of Fotice. Rev. Patrick Eluke The Rev. Patrick Eluke was born on 25 March 1967 in Ekpeye, Ahoada, Rivers State, in the diocese of Port Harcourt. After primary school, he entered the Sacred Heart local minor seminary and continued with courses in philosophy in…

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Priest apologises for funeral homily that focused on suicide

A Michigan priest criticised for emphasising suicide in his homily during a recent funeral for an 18-year-old who took his own life has since apologised. “As with any funeral, it was my intent to serve this family in their time of grief, but I fell well short of providing them the comfort they so desperately needed. Instead, I added to their pain. I deeply regret that, and I am sorry,” said Fr Don LaCuesta, pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Temperance, Michigan. He expressed his remorse in…

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