Nigerian Priest Kidnapped November 22 Released

“We thank God because our brother Fr. Matthew Dajo was released safe and sound today Wednesday 2 December”. Thus His Exc. Mgr. Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, Archbishop of Abuja yesterday announced the release of Fr. Matthew Dajo, the Catholic priest kidnapped on Sunday, November 22. “We thank all those who prayed for his release”, continues Mgr. Kaigama in his message. “We also thank Fr. Dajo’s family and all those who collaborated to ensure his release. We pray that security in the Country will improve”, concludes the Archbishop of Abuja.

Fr. Matthew Dajo was attacked and kidnapped by gunmen on Sunday 22 November at his home in St. Anthony parish, in Yangoji, Abuja. The police managed to limit the area where the kidnappers were hiding with the hostage but preferred to wait so as not to compromise the life of the priest.

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France: CEF’s Presidency Visits the Vatican

As customary, Pope Francis received the presidency of the Conference of Bishops of France (CEF) in the Vatican today, December 3, 2020.

In a Twitter post on the account of the French Embassy to the Holy See, the CEF’s President, Monsignor Eric de Moulins-Beaufort explained that during the annual meeting the Bishops meet with the Pope to talk about “the works of the year’s two assemblies,” in spring and in the fall.

Two Vice-Presidents, Monsignor Dominique Blanchet and Monsignor Olivier Leborgne, accompanied the President, as well as the Secretary General, Father Hugues de Woillemont.

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President of Polish Bishops: There Must be no Compromise in Discussion on Human Life

“Talking about the so-called legal compromise on the protection of life is a falsification of reality since by doing so, the most important ‘third party’ in the dispute, namely unborn children and their inalienable right to life are left out,” wrote the President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, in his statement in the context of the European Parliament resolution on abortion in Poland.

The Episcopal President pointed out that the Charter of Fundamental Rights recalls that “everyone has the right to life”. (Article 2, paragraph 1). “The European Union thus recognizes that inalienable human dignity and respect for the right to life are fundamental criteria for democracy and the rule of law”, he stated.

He also stressed that the title of the resolution itself is misleading, as there is no such thing as a “right to abortion” not only in the light of ethics but also of international law. “No democratic legal order may give the right to kill an innocent human being”, the statement says.

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Christian aid group applauds investigation into forced conversions, marriages in Pakistan

CNA Staff, Dec 3, 2020 / 07:01 pm (CNA).- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered an investigation into the forced conversion of women and girls from the country’s religious minorities, drawing praise from Christian aid groups.

International Christian Concern, a group that advocates for persecuted Christians, said Dec. 3 that many of the victims of forced marriages in Pakistan are minors, and that sexual assaults and fraudulent marriages are used by perpetrators to entrap victims, with authorities often complicit.

Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, the Pakistani Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Religious Harmony, stated at a Nov. 30 joint press conference that Kahn had “ordered an investigation on a case-by-case basis of incidents of forced conversions of minor girls belonging to minority communities, particularly Christian and Hindu, to find reasons for this issue.”

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