» 02/29/2008, 00.00
Chaldean bishop of Mosul abducted
Mgr Faraj Raho had just finished celebrating the Via Crucis. The three people in a car with him were killed.
Despite being left at the mercy of terrorists, Christians continue to hope, says bishop of Mosul
Monsignor Raho, in Rome with the delegation accompanying Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly at the Consistory, talks about the situation in the Sunni stronghold. Threats against Christians continue. For him it is increasingly apparent that there is a plan not to normalise the situation in Mosul; instead there is an international interest in keeping Iraq divided, ignorant and weak. He remembers Father Ragheed’s sacrifice.
In Mosul 81 children meet the challenge of their First Communion
Kidnappers reaffirm their demands in Mosul archbishop’s abduction
A week since Mgr Rahho was abducted no assurance on his health has been given. In the latest phone contact made last night kidnappers did not allow mediators to talk with the prelate. A Via Crucis around Kirkuk cathedral will be conducted today for his release.
Muslim leaders also call for the release of the bishop of Mosul
No contacts with Mgr Faraj Rahho’s kidnappers. In Mosul people are still convinced he is alive despite the lack of any evidence. In Kirkuk a representative of al-Sadr’s Shia movement raises a banner that says that “Such actions are bad for Iraq.” The Chaldean community makes a “pained appeal.”
Mosul Christians, angry and desperate
AsiaNews speaks to the faithful about archbishop Rahho who was found dead yesterday. Fears are growing that the community might cease to exist. Iraqi police blame al-Qaeda for the murder. Islamist terrorists plan to run Christians out of the country.
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