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Kidnapped Jesuit released, declines to give details

NEW DELHI – A Jesuit priest kidnapped in Afghanistan and held for eight months told reporters “God has saved me”, but said he did not want to discuss details of his captivity.Jesuit Fr Alexis Prem Kumar, kidnapped on June 2 in Afghanistan’s Herat province, was flown to New Delhi from Kabul on Feb 22 with [...]

Afghan security arrests 3 over priest’s kidnapping

ROME – Security forces in Afghanistan have arrested three men in connection with the kidnapping of a Jesuit priest from India.The arrests, announced by an Afghan government official, include a man taken into custody on June 4 while two others were detained on June 5 in connection with the disappearance of Fr Alexis Prem Kumar. [...]

Press Release On Arrest Of Curia Prelate

Vatican City, 28 June 2013 (VIS) – This morning, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., director of the Holy See Press Office, issued the following communique regarding the arrest, in Italy, of Msgr. Nunzio Scarano, director of accounting analysis service of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA), in the context of an investigation [...]

Press Release Regarding Cardinal O’brien

Vatican City, 15 May 2013 (VIS) – This afternoon, the Holy See Press Office issued the following press release: “His Eminence Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien, archbishop emeritus of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, for the same reasons he decided not to participate in the last Conclave, and in agreement with the Holy Father, will be leaving [...]

Pope calls for release of Pakistani woman on death row

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI called for the release of a 37-year-old Christian woman who faces the death penalty in Pakistan after being convicted on charges of blasphemy.“I express my spiritual closeness to Asia Bibi and her family and ask that she soon regain her full liberty,” the pope said at the regular weekly [...]