» 10/15/2007, 00.00
Mosul: Syro-Catholic priests still in the hands of their captors
Negotiations are underway to free priests abducted on Saturday. Pope appealed for their release yesterday. Some Iraqi Christians criticise Baghdad’s ‘indifference’ towards the plight of kidnapped Iraqi clergymen.
Ultimatum for two priests abducted in Mosul, 72 hours to pay the ransom
Captors reiterate their demand to Syro-Catholic archbishop, who says the two priests are doing well. So far though, no direct contact with Fathers Ishoa and Afas.
Abducted priests in Mosul, bishop slams government indifference
Mgr Casmoussa expresses his views on Ankawa.com, an Arabic-language website. Since the two clergymen went missing, no politician has lifted a finger for them. The prelate appeals for prayer and peace.
Angst over two missing priests in Mosul, captors suspend contacts
Captors have ceased all contacts after the Church said it could not pay the ransom demanded for Fathers Ishoa and Afas. Christians are praying but in Baghdad threats continue. On the border, the Turkish army strikes at a Christian village in Kurdistan.
Two priests kidnapped in Mosul while travelling to say mass
Still no claim of responsibility for the kidnapping of Pius Affas and Mazen Ishoa, for whom Benedict XVI launched an appeal today.
Love for our “Muslim brothers and for Iraq” in Mgr Rahho’s Will
The Will of the Chaldean archbishop slain by Islamic terrorists last month is published. It includes no material bequests but a strong message upon which to build peace and love among religious communities. His notion of death is one of openness, of “giving oneself to a new and infinite God”.
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