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posted May 17, 2018, 8:28 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 17, 2018, 8:29 AM ]

Sunday bombings in church

Members of one family were behind a wave of blasts targeting three churches in Indonesia's second city of Surabaya, said police. At least 13 people were killed and dozens wounded in the attacks on May 13.

A mother blew herself and two children up at one church, while the father and two sons targeted two others, police chief Tito Karnavian told media persons. The bombings, which the Islamic State group has claimed, are the deadliest in Indonesia since 2005.

The national police chief, Tito Karnavian, said the attacks, which also killed the six bombers and injured more than 40 others, were carried out by children, teens and adults from a family. They were among 500 Islamic State sympathizers who had returned from Syria.


Bishops: "Attacks against coexistence and pluralism"

"The Indonesian Bishops are shocked. They expressed strong disappointment, and solidarity towards the families of the victims and wounded. It is traumatic to know that a whole family of suicide bombers carried out the attacks. What do we instill in the minds of children? Extremism? This is the most profound question that these attacks bring with them," said Fr Siprianus Hormat, Executive Secretary of the Bishops' Conference of Indonesia, after the three attacks that struck a Catholic church and two Protestant churches in Surabaya, a city on the island of Java on May 13.


Sainthood cause opens for slain Iraqi priest and 3 deacons

The Vatican has given permission for the opening of the sainthood cause of an Iraqi priest and three deacons who were murdered by armed gunmen in Mosul.

The Congregation for Saints' Causes gave the nihil obstat ('no objection'), permitting a diocesan bishop to open a local inquiry into a candidate's sanctity. The Eparchy of St Thomas the Apostle of Detroit would be handling the process, because of the difficult conditions facing the Church in Mosul.


Indians happy to see Pope

A group from Kerala, India, on a Marian pilgrimage to visit Lourdes, Fatima and Medjugorje, came to Rome to meet the Pope. Fr Thomas said, "We went to Fatima, and now we have come to the Vatican. The General Audience is the best for us to receive the blessing of our beloved Papa. I could experience the Holy Spirit calling all people from different languages and places together."


Nun beaten unconscious by Vietnamese gangsters

St Paul de Chartres sisters in Vietnam were attacked by gangsters, while they were protesting construction of a house on their former land.

On May 8, a dozen nuns tried to prevent workers from building a house on the land next to their convent in Hanoi. Workers had taken trucks and tools to the site the previous night. Witnesses said gangsters employed to guard the site "insulted and attacked the nuns with batons, and one nun was beaten to unconsciousness."

They said many policemen were present, but did nothing to stop the brutal attack.


Thousands pay tribute to Alfie Evans

Thousands of mourners lined the streets of Liverpool to pay tribute to Alfie Evans on the day of the toddler's funeral.

The 23-month-old boy, who suffered a severe degenerative neurological condition, died April 28, some 10 days after his father, Tom Evans, had asked Pope Francis to help get him to Rome for treatment.

The family insisted on a private burial in Liverpool on May 14, but well-wishers lined the route, and applauded and threw flowers when the hearse carrying the child's coffin, decorated with a blue heart and toy soldiers, passed by.