"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Much more serious matters ... The Pakistani Attack ... The Kenya Attack ...

Let us all say, “Mother, look upon us! Mother, look upon us!
Mother, look upon us!” - Pope Francis

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A suicide attack on a historic Christian church in northwestern Pakistan killed at least 75 people on Sunday in one of the deadliest attacks on the Christian minority in Pakistan in years.
The attack occurred as worshipers left the All Saints Church in the old quarter of the regional capital, Peshawar, after a service on Sunday morning. Up to 600 worshipers had attended the service and were leaving to receive free food being distributed on the lawn outside when two explosions ripped through the crowd. - NYT 
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Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) -- Fifty-nine dead. At least 175 injured. About 30 hostages still inside, as well as perhaps a dozen gunmen. 
Those are the grim numbers, a day after attackers stormed an upscale Nairobi mall, spraying bullets and holding shoppers captive. 
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta told reporters Sunday afternoon the tragedy was personal; one of his nephews and his fiancee were among the 59 people killed. - CNN 


  1. I will be praying for all who lost their lives from these two tragedies. Makes me angry though that so many innocent who seek only to go about their daily lives are being cut down by these monsters. After reading of the two accounts all I could think of was, "what if they somehow make it to America and start that stuff here?" But then I remembered, we have enough to deal with too, what with all of those random mass shootings.

    I will also join Papa Francis in his prayer...
    “Mother, look upon us! Mother, look upon us!
    Mother, look upon us!”

  2. Thank you for posting about this, Terry. John Hinderaker of Powerline, commenting on his own post writes:

    "There is no one, currently--and I do mean no one--standing up for persecuted Christians. Least of all America's "mainstream" Christian denominations."

    I'm curious to see if NCR and Commonweal will say something tomorrow about these atrocities. Maybe they can redirect their fury away from Tobin, Chaput and Burke to what really threatens our brothers and sisters in Christ.

    Please, please pray for those who are suffering because of their faith in Jesus.

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