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» 02/29/2008
IRAQ
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.

Mosul (AsiaNews) – Mgr Faraj Raho, Chaldean bishop of Mosul, was abducted today after he celebrated the Via Crucis. Three people who were with him were killed. Mgr Rabban al-Qas, bishop of Arbil, told AsiaNews about the event after getting the news directly from Mosul.

The kidnappers are said to have already made a request. The abduction took place at 5.30 pm local time, Ishtar TV reported. Bishop Raho had just left Mosul’s Holy Spirit Cathedral.

“The bishop is in terrorist hands,” Mgr al-Qas said, “but we don’t know in what physical state. The three men who were with him, including his driver, were killed.”

“It is a terrible moment for our Church. Please, pray for us,” Arbil bishop said in an appeal to the world.


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See also
11/26/2007 IRAQ
Despite being left at the mercy of terrorists, Christians continue to hope, says bishop of Mosul
08/01/2005 IRAQ
In Mosul 81 children meet the challenge of their First Communion
03/07/2008 IRAQ
Kidnappers reaffirm their demands in Mosul archbishop’s abduction
03/03/2008 IRAQ
Muslim leaders also call for the release of the bishop of Mosul
03/14/2008 IRAQ
Mosul Christians, angry and desperate

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