In Afghanistan yesterday, the country’s Jesuit Refugee Service Director was taken captive. Indian Jesuit Father Alexis Prem Kumar was leaving a Jesuit supported school for refugees, when he was kidnapped by a group of unidentified assailants. Father Peter Balleis, international director of Jesuit Refugee Services, said that, "We are deeply shocked by Father Prem's abduction. We are in contact with all the relevant authorities and doing everything possible to ensure his safe and speedy return." Prior to his Afghan posting, Father Prem Kumar worked for over a decade serving Sri Lankan refugees in his home state. From 2005 – 2011, he was the director of Jesuit Refugee Services in India, before taking up his current post. At this point no groups has taken responsibility for the kidnapping.
For our viewers in the Ottawa area, His Grace Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, Archbishop of Ottawa and his Auxiliary Bishop Christian Riesbeck, invite you to take part in their diocesan feast day. The Archbishop will celebrate a special mass to mark the occasion this Thursday June 5 at 7:30pm at Ottawa’s Notre Dame Cathedral. The theme for this year’s feast is “The family of God: We are called to be saints.” Speaking ahead of the event, Archbishop Prendergast said that “We would like to highlight the importance of families in fostering holiness.” He said that we will recognize and honor their “yes” to God’s call to personal sanctity. For more information on Diocesan Feast day celebrations this Thursday, please visit archottawa.ca
Recently Catholic News Service had the opportunity to sit down with His Grace Archbishop Charles Brown, the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland. The American-born prelate took time to talk to them about a new springtime in the Church in emerald isle.