Father Youssef Adel, a priest of the Assyrian Orthodox Church, was buried on Sunday in Iraq after having been murdered. His funeral was attended not only by those of his own church but also by the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Francis Assisi Chullikatt, and by Cardinal Emmanueal III Delly of the Chaldean Catholic rite, to which most Iraqi Catholics belong. Only recently he buried Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho, who died after being kidnapped.
The Christians of Iraq need our prayers.
7 April 2008 Iraq
All the Christian denominations at funeral for slain priest Yesterday at Saints Peter and Paul in Baghdad, the funeral was held for Youssef Adel, killed Saturday by unknown persons. Also present at the function, the Vatican nuncio and Cardinal Delly. The plan to drive Christians out of Iraq could be part of a more general strategy of Shiite supremacy in the Middle East.
Baghdad (AsiaNews) - There is a climate of "great fear" in the Iraqi Christian community in Baghdad, where the funeral was held yesterday for the Assyrian Orthodox priest, Youssef Adel, killed in cold blood last April 5 in the capital. The funeral, in the church of Saints Peter and Paul in the neighbourhood of Karrada, was celebrated by the Assyrian Orthodox archbishop of Baghdad and Basra, Saverius Jamil Hawa. Various members of the faithful and religious representatives from all the Christian denominations were present, including Athanase Matti Shaba Matoka, the Assyrian Catholic bishop of the capital, the patriarch of the Chaldeans, Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, the apostolic nuncio in Iraq and Jordan, Archbishop Francis Assisi Chullikatt.
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