YEMEN: 4 Missionaries of Charity, 12 others handcuffed, shot in head at retirement home

The practitioners of the Religion of Peace have been at it again.

From FNC:

Gunmen execute 16 people, including 4 nuns, in Yemen retirement home

A team of gunmen unleashed a massacre at a retirement home run by Catholic nuns in Yemen Friday, killing 16 people including four nuns, Yemeni security officials and witnesses said.

The gunmen then moved from room to room, handcuffing the victims before shooting each of them in the head. A nun who survived said that she hid inside a fridge in a storeroom after hearing a Yemeni guard shouting “run, run.”

Missionaries of Charity, an organization established by Mother Teresa, runs the home in the chaotic southern port city of Aden, which descended into lawlessness after a Saudi-led coalition recaptured the city from Shiite Houthi rebels last summer.

Yemen’s civil war has split the country in two. The northern region, where Shiite rebels are in control, has been struck by an extensive air campaign by a Saudi-led coalition. The southern region, which is controlled by the internationally-recognized government backed by Saudi Arabia, is suffering from a power and security vacuum. The Islamic State terror group and al-Qaida affiliates have exploited the lawlessness and created safe havens in the south.

No terror group immediately claimed credit for Friday’s slaughter.

Khaled Haidar told The Associated Press that he counted 16 bodies including that of his brother, Radwan, in the home. All had been shot in the head and were handcuffed. He said that in addition to the four nuns, six Ethiopians, one Yemeni cook, and Yemeni guards were among those killed.

Haidar said his family was the first to arrive at the house and that he spoke to the surviving nun, who was crying and shaking. Haidar said that his family later handed her over to a group of southern fighters in charge of security in the local Aden district of Sheikh Osman.

Vikas Swarup, the spokesman of India’s External Affairs Ministry, said the attackers had asked the guard to open the gate on the pretext of visiting their mothers at the retirement home.

Sts. Nunilo and Alodia, pray for us.
St. Lawrence of Brindisi, pray for us.
St. Bernard, pray for us.
St. Pius V, pray for us.

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  1. Manducat in the hat says:

    So tragic. It’s a shame that Catholics in that part of the world are essentially sitting ducks. At what point do you draw the line and form Fr. Z’s Catholic Security Forces? It could be called World War Z.

  2. LarryW2LJ says:

    The Face of Evil – pure and simple.

  3. Kerry says:

    “Gunmen execute…”. “B as in B, S as in S”. “Terrorists murder in cold blood”.
    “…unleashed a massacre” Whiskey Tango Foxtrot! “Deliberately committed a massacre”.
    (And bravely)” handcuffed… ” before murdering.
    As Gunnery Sgt. Marine said in Nate Fick’s book, “One Bullet Away” hearing about the twin towers, “This is war. Shoot to kill, fight to win”.
    Yes, I am angry. Viva Christo Rey! Viva Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe!

  4. Elizium23 says:

    Media gets it wrong, again. These are not nuns, but sisters. May God rest their holy souls. And I pray to our Father in Heaven that the perpetrators of this atrocity be called to a total conversion of heart. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever, amen.

  5. Viva Cristo Rey says:

    Sign me up!!!
    Truly a just war.

  6. Viva Cristo Rey says:

    The wordsmiths…… they’re always at it

  7. Viva Cristo Rey says:

    Going to TLM First Friday, Rosary before, Adoration after…….
    Until we are drafted we make reparation!

  8. lmgilbert says:

    After 1400 years of Islamic depredation flowing the sacred texts of Islam, what could be less surprising than that Mohammedans imitate Mohammed and leave devastation in their wake? It is almost remarkable that such incidents such as the murders of nuns and staff at Aden are still considered news. The only thing that can account for it is our short attention span and innocence of history.

    It is the mark of an educated person to perceive relationships, but the relationship between Islam and violence seems to have escaped our best and brightest, even in the Church. In early December of last year there was an interfaith meeting in here Portland in which the chancellor of our diocese, with rabbis, ministers and an imam standing behind her . . . “criticized those who make a ‘simplistic connection’ between Islam and violence, explaining that conflicts erupt under complex circumstances ”  (Catholic Sentinel, Jan 8, 2016).

    Contrary to her pleasant view, Islam means Submission. Where Islam prevails, Sharia applies and “infidels” must either a) convert; b) pay a heavy tax; c) leave; or d) die a miserable death. Such was the way of Mohammed in the 7th c. and it is the way of Islam now. As a priest friend of mine says, “Ignorance of Mohammed is ignorance of Islam.”

    There are moderate Muslims, of course, but when a young Muslim raised in their midst engages the sacred texts of Islam and becomes devout, he may well go on Jihad. That is what devout Muslims do. In our day he will join ISIS, Al-queda, Boko Haram, etc. or otherwise go on mission to bring the infidel world into submission. That would be us. If that requires lies, terrorism, suicide, enslavement, rape, beheadings, so be it.

    ‘There’s no such thing as moderate Islam. . .ISIS represents Islam one hundred percent” This is the opinion of Father Douglas al Bazi, an Iraqi Catholic parish priest in Erbil, Iraq ( quoted by Matteo Matzuzzi, Il Foglio, August 26, 2015). Other Catholic priests and nuns from the mid-east could be quoted to similar effect.

    This is a religion? This deserves a sisterly apologetic from the chancellor of the Archdiocese?

    Of course, there are moderate Muslims, and we also have our Christmas and Easter Catholics, our unpracticing. However, the devout of either religion are, by definition, not moderate. Our young devout enter the priesthood, convents and monasteries; theirs go on jihad.

    Like the Romans, Mohammedans make a desert and call it peace. In that sense Islam is indeed a peaceful, a very peaceful religion.

  9. Kathleen10 says:

    These people should have been removed. There is no reason to leave nuns defenseless in regions they are clearly at risk. This is insanity.
    My personal patience for those who hear of things like this and say, “oh, well let’s continue to pray for peace” while doing nothing concrete to stop these evil barbarians is gone. We sit in our homes unable to really imagine the hell these poor people endured in their last moments. Yet it happened to them, so we can still be peaceniks and not worry too much.
    My God, my God, where are the men.
    I feel increasingly and I fear permanently out of sync with my beloved Catholic church. We have better leadership from Rev. Franklin Graham than we do in our Catholic church. Right now he provides more on-target, moral leadership than our leaders do. Far more, our leaders not only are silent but encourage open borders and increased immigration, which can only be called madness. This scourge calls for identification and adequate response. We have been left orphans. When one contemplates that if it were your or me, and this would be met with responses by our church leaders for more dialogue, it is unfathomable, except to say this must be from Satan.

  10. Kathleen10 says:

    your = you

  11. Viva Cristo Rey says:

    I get it!!
    still the only thing in our arsenal at this point is prayer fasting penance don’t lose heart I am horrified as well and I feel like exactly as you do

  12. Fr. Vincent Fitzpatrick says:

    Nothing to worry about. Sure, the nursing home was invaded, but all that’s happening is cultural diversity and enrichment. Just ask you-know-who.

  13. Fr. Vincent Fitzpatrick says:

    Kathleen10: megadittos.

  14. Peter in Canberra says:

    but still the USA, irrespective of who is in the Whitehouse, loves and coddles Saudi Arabia.
    Does that make sense? It doesn’t to me.

  15. steve51b31 says:

    I firmly believe that if the Obama administration knew of this incident, that they would stand forth for human rights in such a principled way that the world would pause and take true notice!

    But, in their defense, perhaps they are simply over occupied and overwrought with forcing the Little Sisters of the Poor to pay for contraception and abortion services. Oh……. and dreaming of the fines that they might levy!

    My friends, “Teach your children well ….

  16. Semper Gumby says:

    Prayers for our Sisters and all victims.

    Bl. Urban II pray for us.

  17. aquinas138 says:

    May the Lord God grant rest to the souls of his departed servants, and may their memory be eternal.

  18. Gerhard says:

    I spent 6 weeks in Saudi in the 1990’s. The English language newspaper was one continuous rant against the West. One delicious freudian slip one day was against “Christians who spread immortality throughout the world.”

  19. Gilbert Fritz says:

    I agree with Peter; why do we always back up Saudi Arabia? And why do we destabilize things in the middle east? Notice that this happened in a destabilized area. This plays right into the Fundamentalist Muslim plans. We topple secular regimes, and then they take over.

  20. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    Kathleen10 writes, “These people should have been removed. There is no reason to leave nuns defenseless in regions they are clearly at risk. This is insanity.”

    Dr. Williams quotes the Apostolic Vicar for the southern Arabia, Archbishop Paul Hinder, that “the sisters had resolutely continued to run the home for the elderly, despite the evident danger.

    “ ‘They had decided to stay, no matter what happened, because this is part of their spirituality,’ he said.”

    The questions with respect to martyrdom and prudence and responsibility known in the early history of the Church seem emphatic in our day.

    In my ignorance of details, I was wondering, too, if they could not have tried to leave with those they were carrying for, but perhaps there were overwhelming practical obstacles.

  21. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    Dr. Williams has a somewhat comparable article on the matter of leaving or not:

  22. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    Touching upon Peter in Canberra and Gilbert Fritz’s comments, I saw a passage quoted from a Wall Street Journal article of 15 February by Bret Stephens which included “On Sunday [= 14 Feb.], Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon publicly shook hands with former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal at the Munich Security Conference. In January, Israeli cabinet member Yuval Steinitz made a trip to Abu Dhabi, where Israel is opening an office at a renewable-energy association. Turkey is patching up ties with Israel. In June, Jerusalem and Riyadh went public with the strategic talks between them. In March, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi told the Washington Post that he speaks to Mr. Netanyahu ‘a lot.’

    “This de facto Sunni-Jewish alliance amounts to what might be called the coalition of the disenchanted; states that have lost faith in America’s promises. Israel is also reinventing its ties to the aspiring Startup Nations, countries that want to develop their own innovation cultures.”

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