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Italian priest kidnapped Fr Giuseppe Pierantoni, SCJ, 44, was kidnapped Posted: 1:04 AM (Manila Time)October 18, 2001By Hernan P. de la CruzInquirer News Service PAGADIAN CITY. About 10 to 15 heavily armed men in fatigues Wednesday night abducted an Italian priest while he was taking supper in his parish church in the town of Dimataling in Zamboanga del Sur province on the southern Mindanao island, his superiors reported. Zamboanga del…
Fr. Giuseppe (Beppe) Pierantoni is released Rome, April 8, 2002 After 172 days of being kidnapped, we can joyfully announce that Fr. Giuseppe Pierantoni, SCJ, a missionary in the Philippines, was freed today. He is in a good health, though tired from tensions, constant changes in location, and precarious living conditions. He is calm and without any animosity toward those who subjected him to this painful situation. Both for the…
MADAGASCAR25 Years of Dehonian Presence Umberto Chiarello, SCJ On November 14, 1974, the first SCJ missionary, Fr. Nicola Giampietro of the South Italian Province, arrived in Madagascar. On November 14, 1999, this anniversary was celebrated by 47 SCJs - Italians, Portuguese, and native Madagascans. The talents given by the Lord to the SCJs of Madagascar have born fruit and grown. On June 5, 1975, after a six month sojourn in…
Father Aldo Marchesini, SCJ Fr. Aldo Marchesini, SCJ Fr. Aldo Marchesini, SCJ, has become a mission legend. Despite great personal danger he has emptied himself to benefit the neediest and poorest on the African continent and continues to do so to this day. Born in 1941 in Bologna, Italy, he completed the program of study there required by the local Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. In 1962 he entered our…
In the encyclical prepared for the Great Jubilee 2000, The Advent of the third Millennium, Pope John Paul II introduced the idea of preserving the memory of Christians who died for their faith during the 20th Century. In our own century the martyrs have returned, many of them nameless, "unknown soldiers," as it were, of God's great cause. As far as possible, their witness should not be lost to the…
Father Juan María de la Cruz, SCJMartyr of the Religious Persecution during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) "God's Blessings! Let all things be done according to the divine will. I am very happy to be able to suffer with Him, because He suffered so much for me, a poor sinner." (Letter from Fr. Mendez, a few days before his death). The life and martyrdom of Fr. Mendez, SCJ, introduces us…
Victims of War Crimes?The Dutch SCJs in Indonesia The death of 11 Dutch SCJs in a Japanese concentration camp at Muntok on Banka Island in Indonesia between 1944 and 1945 is a part of a very complex story. It is tied up with the war crimes of the Japanese against the civil population of occupied countries, the fall of Holland as a colonial power, the rise of an Indonesian independence…
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