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    » 07/06/2007, 00.00

    PHILIPPINES

    Doing everything possible to free Fr Giancarlo Bossi, say Filipino bishops



    The chairman of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines tells Italian government envoy that the Filipino Church is helping to find the missionary, who was abducted on June 10. Cloistered nuns in Italy will join the international day of prayer dedicated to the priest’s release.

    Zamboanga (AsiaNews) – Mgr Angel N. Lagdameo, archbishop of Jalo and chairman of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), told the Italian government envoy,  MP Margherita Boniver, that the CBCP would help “in our own way” to resolve  the abduction of 57-year old Fr Giancarlo Bossi, a missionary with the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) who was taken in Payao on June 10.

    During the visit, Archbishop Lagdameo said that  Mgr Fernando Capalla, archbishop of Davao, is his point man. He is “a key-figure in the Bishops-Ulama Forum” and “is working with his Muslim counterparts to help resolve the abduction.”

    Whilst rumours are rampant in the Philippines about search operations for the missionary, regularly denied by his fellow missionaries, PIME has decided to organise an international day of prayer for his release on July 10, exactly a month to the day of his abduction.

    On the invitation of the Pontifical Missionary Union, cloistered nuns in Italy will join the prayer.

    In a letter to the women religious, PIME national secretary Fr Ciro Biondi, wrote: “Knowing that you will join us in prayer . . . makes us strong, hopeful that the Lord will touch the hearts of those who are holding him, certainly only for the wrong reasons; keeping him away from where the Lord Jesus sent him.”

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    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.

    10/07/2007 PHILIPPINES
    Mass for Father Bossi’s release celebrated in Zamboanga
    During the service celebrated a month to the day after the missionary’s abduction, his fellow clergymen in the Philippines pray that the kidnappers’ hearts be touched and that Father Bossi be allowed to go back to the place where God invited him to serve his flock.

    11/06/2008 PHILIPPINES
    A year after Father Bossi’s abduction, Payao has changed
    A fellow missionary writes that the area where the missionary for the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions was taken away has changed. There have been no reports about the fate of his captors as Father Boss’s fellow clergymen say no to violence.

    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.

    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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