#ShortNews: Church built to honor beheaded Copts

15 February, will mark the third anniversary of the beheading of 20 Egyptian Copts and a Ghanaian Christian, carried out by IS on the Libyan coast. In remembrance of the 21 Christians, a new church is to be inaugurated in Upper Egypt’s Minya province, where the Egyptians came from. As part of the ceremony, the bodies of all 21 were expected to be reburied in one big coffin inside the new church, but the families are still waiting for their loved ones’ remains to be returned to them.

The location of the bodies was revealed by the captured IS fighter who videotaped the executions. The Libyan public prosecutor’s office described him as “one of the most dangerous” fighters within IS in Libya. The man also told the Libyan authorities that the other militants involved in the executions came from Chad, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.

Read More: https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2018/02/new-church-ready-for-reburial-of-beheaded-coptic-martyrs/

#ShortNews: Dwindling number of Catholics in Kabul

“We hope for a Lent rich in spiritual fruits. Let us pray so that Afghanistan may regain some peace and resume its path of human, political, social and economic growth”, says Fr. Giovanni Scalese, a Barnabite priest, titular of the Missio sui iuris of Afghanistan, to Agenzia Fides.

The priest’s words of hope arrive just on the day when UMANA, the UN assistance mission in Afghanistan, published its annual report that shows impressive figures: in 2017 alone, civilian casualties in the Asian country were 10.453 (of whom 3,438 killed and 7,015 wounded). The responsibility is mainly attributed to terrorist attacks by the Taliban (that caused 42% of the victims) and those by ISIS (10%).

Read More: http://www.fides.org/en/news/63756-ASIA_AFGHANISTAN_Fr_Scalese_We_pray_for_the_nation_but_the_Catholic_community_gets_smaller_and_smaller

#ShortNews: Australian embassy commemorates 1st woman to hold Vatican leadership post

The Australian embassy to the Holy See held a small commemoration ceremony Feb. 13 for Rosemary Goldie, the late Australian who was the first woman to hold a leadership post at the Vatican.

Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne, the first woman to hold her post, ceremonially opened a new conference room at the embassy named for Goldie, who served as undersecretary for the Pontifical Council for the Laity from 1967-76.

In a statement to the press, Payne called Goldie “a heroic figure with a legacy on which others have built.” She said “few have followed in the years since.”

Read More: https://www.ncronline.org/news/vatican/ncr-today/australian-embassy-commemorates-first-woman-hold-vatican-leadership-post