Friday, February 29, 2008

Chaldean Catholic archbishop abducted in Mosul.

I just learned that Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho was abducted today in his see city of Mosul. Archbishop Rahho was apparently taken shortly after leaving a church where he had led a celebration of the Way of the Cross; the Archbishop's driver and two others were killed during the abduction. Last November, Archbishop Rahho gave an interview to AsiaNews in which he spoke very forthrightly about the threats facing his beleaguered flock and about the spirit of Christian hope that he seeks to foster in the face of intimidation and violence. I pray that Archbishop Rahho will soon be released safe and unharmed, and as always I pray for the embattled Christians of Iraq. AMDG.


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