A Columban priest…

November 12, 2009

Kidnapped Irish priest freed in Philippines

MANILA (Reuters) – An Irish priest kidnapped in the southern Philippines a month ago was freed unharmed on Thursday, a senior church official and members of a Muslim rebel group said.

They said Michael Sinnott, a 78-year-old Columban priest who was snatched from the garden of a church on Oct 11, was handed over to police and government officials in the city of Zamboanga in the southern region of Mindanao shortly before dawn.

This is faulty editing. This article discusses the release of a priest held captive by rebels. However, the article claims the priest was “Columban.”

This means that the priest is from Columbus, Ohio? If he is from the South American country the word should be spelled Colombian.


I believe the priest in question is neither from Columbus, Ohio, nor from the South American country of Colombia. As our lede said, he is Irish.

He is also from the Missionary Society of Saint Columban, and is therefore a Columban priest: GBU Editor

Irish priest Michael Sinnott speaks to the media upon his arrival at the Villamor air base in Manila, November 12, 2009. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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Just describing the priest as Columban is actually confusing — you’re making an assumption that anyone would connect that to the Missionary Society of Saint Columban.Wouldn’t it make more sense to spell out the full name of the missionary society he came from?

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