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  • » 06/15/2007, 00.00

    ITALY – PHILIPPINES

    Silent torchlight procession and candle-lit windows for Fr Bossi’s release



    These are some of the initiatives discussed at Lombardy’s Regional Government House. Searches for the abducted missionary are still underway. Fr Giancarlo’s brother says he is confident about his fate.

    Rome (AsiaNews) – A silent torchlight procession in Fr Giancarlo Bossi’s hometown of Abbiategrasso (Lombardy) and lit candles placed every night on windowsills to symbolically shed light to guide him towards freedom are two proposals discussed in a meeting at Lombardy’s Regional Government House in Milan.

    Marcello Bossi, the brother of the abducted PIME missionary; Fr Davide Sciocco, director of the PIME Missionary Centre in Milan; Lombardy Region President Roberto Formigoni; Filipino Consul Pedro Chan; and Abbiategrasso Mayor Roberto Rota attended the meeting.

    Father Sciocco told AsiaNews that during the meeting Marcello Bossi “thanked all those trying to free his brother, and said that he was confident about Fr Giancarlo’s fate. President Formigoni spoke afterwards expressing his solidarity towards the Bossi family and PIME, appealing to the press not to forget the case.”

    The director of the Missionary Centre reminded those present of the “missionaries’ commitment in the Philippines,” saying that “they have always pioneered inter-faith dialogue and peace-making. Choosing to stay in dangerous areas does not come from some kind of strange impulse but is an act of fidelity and hope for local communities who often live in difficult situations.”

    A picture of the abducted priest hangs from the windows of Rome’s City Hall. Another one is on display in Piazza del Campidoglio. Rome’s mayor, Walter Veltroni, said that this gesture “expresses Rome’s solidarity and hope that Father Bossi, a missionary who has chosen to dedicate his life to others, may soon be freed.”

    Back in Mindanao (southern Philippines), both the army and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are continuing their searches for Father Bossi’s whereabouts to ensure his safe return.

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    23/06/2007 PHILIPPINES
    Fr. Bossi, “hypothesis” of new channels linked to civil society
    12 days on from his kidnap, in the absence of any credible information, the army and police request “help that goes beyond the military option”; idea to form a group of representatives from civil society who may act as mediators. The move – explain Pime leaders – will not exclude the joined army and Milf task forces, who continue their search aided by local people.

    23/09/2012 ITALY - PHILIPPINES
    PIME missionary Fr. Giancarlo Bossi, former kidnapping victim in Philippines, has died
    He was 62 years old. From 10 June to 19 July 2007 he was seized by a group of Muslim guerrillas an offshoot from the MILF. He lived as a missionary in the Philippines for about 32 years. His testimony in front of 300 thousand young people in Loreto. His meeting with Benedict XVI.

    20/07/2007 PHILIPPINES – ITALY
    Fr. Bossi: “They treated me well and I prayed for them”
    Benedict XVI was informed of the release yesterday evening and expressed “the great joy of the entire Church”. Contradicting versions from the Philippine authorities regarding those responsible for the abduction.

    06/07/2007 PHILIPPINES – ITALY
    First photos of Fr Bossi show he is alive
    PIME Superior for the Philippines receives photos of the captive missionary. They constitute the first evidence that he is alive and the first real contact with the kidnappers.

    10/06/2007 PHILIPPINES
    PIME missionary, Fr Giancarlo Bossi, abducted in Mindanao
    The missionary has worked for almost 30 years on the Mindanao Island where Muslim guerrillas have been battling the army for the island’s autonomy.



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