14 March 2008

Kidnapped Archbishop Rahho found dead

Reuters reports that the body of Archbishop Paulos Rahho, kidnapped in Mosul, Iraq, on 29 February, was found half-buried yesterday in the city.

Here is a photo of the archbishop.

DETROIT (CNS) -- A Chaldean Catholic bishop said the United States must be held accountable for the death of Chaldean Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of Mosul, Iraq. Full article here.

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI called the kidnapping and death of an Iraqi archbishop "an act of inhuman violence that offends the dignity of the human being and seriously harms the ... coexistence among the beloved Iraqi people." Full story here.

Malcolm Moore reports from Rome for The Daily Telegraph. The report notes: In June last year, Father Ragheed Aziz Ganni, the secretary of Mgr Rahho, was murdered in the city together with Basman Yousef Daud, Wahid Hanna Isho, and Gassan Isam Bidawed, all subdeacons.

Let us pray for the repose of the soul of this brave archbishop and for his three companions, each a married man with three children, murdered during the kidnapping two weeks ago. Please continue to pray for the people of Iraq, particularly the Christians, three percent of the population, most of whom are Catholic of the Chaldean Rite.

1 comment:

adelle said...

I pray that President Bush would realize that the problems in Iraq could not be solved by bullets. If it would, it should have been solved long before for there were already tons and tons of bullets and barrels of blood wasted. Let's pray.