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    » 02/29/2008, 00.00

    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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    26/11/2007 IRAQ
    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.

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    07/03/2008 IRAQ
    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.

    03/03/2008 IRAQ
    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.”

    14/03/2008 IRAQ
    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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