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    » 07/02/2007, 00.00

    PHILIPPINES – ITALY

    PIME press release about Fr Giancarlo Bossi



    PIME thanks all those who are praying and working on behalf of the abducted missionary and requests that no one use the event for their own ends.

    The Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) first of all wants to thank all those who have been praying and working for the release of Fr Giancarlo Bossi who was kidnapped on June 10 in Payao, Mindanao Island.

    Since the beginnings the Italian government has gone into action in the Philippines through its ambassador and in Italy through the Foreign Ministry’s crisis unit to provide PIME with all the necessary support.

    Indeed tomorrow a delegation from the crisis unit will arrive in Mindanao to work with local political and Church authorities as well as PIME missionaries.

    So far PIME has neither received any demands nor does it know who the kidnappers are.

    For this reason to view the event as a conflict between Christians and Muslims is for the time being unjustified.

    PIME does not want to be involved in any political squabbles and is sorry that a person’s life is being used for someone else’s ends.

    In fact, according to PIME officials in the Philippines, the recent controversy in Italy runs the risk of being counterproductive, making the release of our Brother even more difficult.

    Hence in order to avoid any speculation, PIME will hereafter express its views by official press releases.

     

    Fr Gian Battista Zanchi

    PIME Superior General

     

    July 2, 2007

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    02/08/2007 PHILIPPINES – ITALY
    Father Bossi to hold press conference in Rome
    PIME Superior General Father Zanchi leaves for Manila tomorrow to participate in a four-day reflection and prayer meeting and share in the celebrations for Father Bossi’s release. All PIME missionaries in the Philippines will take part in the event. Right after his return to Italy Father Bossi will visit the crisis unit of the Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry where he will meet the press.

    12/08/2007 PHILIPPINES – ITALY
    Fr Giancarlo Bossi in Italy
    Moved by the welcome and thinner after his ordeal, the missionary met his family at the airport. He will be heard by the Public Prosecutor’s Office. After a period of rest he will meet the Pope and young people.

    22/01/2008 ITALY – PHILIPPINES
    “I am very happy” to go back to the Philippines, says Father Bossi
    The clergyman, a missionary with the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions abducted in June of last year in the southern Philippines, leaves tonight for the Asian country. His first stop will be Manila to see his brethren who are meeting in assembly.

    23/07/2007 PHILIPPINES – ITALY
    Father Bossi to be in Loreto with the Pope and young people to talk about his missionary experience
    The Ecumenical Bishops Forum slams new anti-terror law, calling it “oppressive, barbaric and demonic.” But in Mindanao more abductions of foreign missionaries are likely.

    28/06/2007 PHILIPPINES
    Mindanao: non-stop prayers and continued hope for Father Bossi
    One of Father Bossi’s fellow missionaries talks about the moving mobilisation, which includes prayer campaigns and messages of solidarity.



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