An Indian Catholic bishop who was kidnapped by unknown abductors, beaten and interrogated about the finances of his diocese has been freed.
Bishop Prasad Gallela, who serves the diocese of Cuddapah in the Andhra Pradesh state in southeast India, went through the details of his recent abduction in an interview with the Catholic news outlet UCANews.com.
The 54-year-old Gallela explained that he was on his way home from mass at Karunagiri Shrine on April 25 when unknown abductors came in two vehicles and took him to an undisclosed location. more >>
A decorated United States Army Green Beret who faced involuntary discharge for confronting an Afghan police commander who raped a 12-year-old child will be exonerated and reinstated, the Army Board for Correction of Military Records confirmed last week.
The U.S. Army announced last August that it was going to expel Sergeant First Class Charles Martland after he and team leader Daniel Quinn physically confronted a police commander in Kunduz, who had kidnapped and raped a local boy and beat his mother after she reported the incident to U.S. troops.
The incident happened during Martland's second deployment to Afghanistan in 2011 when he and Quinn confronted the police commander after hearing the 12-year-old boy's testimony and allegations of rape and abuse. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization is employing yet another cruel and sick way to punish women who chose not to adhere to the militant group's strict dress code by locking them in cages with skeletons.
Last Friday, the militant group locked at least two women inside cages with skulls as punishment for not following the Shariah dress code in the jihadists' Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, The Independent reports.
According to the British news outlet, the incidents were uncovered by the media activist network Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), which reports on human rights abuses committed by IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) from inside the group's caliphate in Syria. more >>
Horrific stories of the ongoing genocide being carried out by the Islamic State terror group against Christians and other religious minorities were shared at a conference in New York last week, with one account revealing that a couple was sent the body parts of their dead daughters, along with a video of them being raped and tortured.
The Catholic News Agency described the stories shared by human rights activists at the #WeAreN2016 international congress on religious freedom as "graphic, brutal and raw."
"One account told of a couple whose children had been captured by ISIS militants. When they answered their door one day, they found a plastic bag on their doorstep. It contained the body parts of their daughters and a video of them being raped and tortured," the report described. more >>
A Pentagon investigation has found that war crimes were not committed last October when a United States aerial gunship killed 42 civilians during an accidental airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders medical charity hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan.
Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, head of U.S. Central Command, said at a news conference on Friday that the "tragedy" was a result of errors that led 16 U.S. service members to believe they were bombarding a Taliban command center last Oct. 3.
"They were trying to do the right thing. They were trying to support our Afghan partners," Votel explained. "Unfortunately, they made a wrong judgment in this particular case and ended up targeting this Doctors Without Borders facility." more >>
Hindu radicals in India doused a Christian pastor and his wife in gasoline in an attempt to force them to convert, a leading Christian human rights group has reported.
According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, the attack occurred on April 17, when two men posed as Christians and went to Berseba Church in Chhattisgarh state's Karanji Village in search of prayer.
The church's pastor, Deenbandhu Sameli, let the two men into the church and was then attacked and forced to chant "jai sri ram," which means "hail Lord Rama" (one of the incarnations of the Hindu god Vishnu). more >>