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No certainty about identity of Fr Bossi’s abductors as contact is awaited
This is what Fr Luciano Benedetti, a brother priest of the missionary kidnapped on 10 June from his parish in Payao, told AsiaNews. He underlined the importance of waiting for secure contact that was worthy of trust.
Zamboanga (AsiaNews) – At the moment, “there is no certainty about the identity of the kidnappers of Fr Giancarlo Bossi”, a missionary of the Pontifical Institute of Foreign Missions (PIME), who was kidnapped from his parish of Payao on 10 June. So it is “impossible to say that his kidnappers are Islamic extremists or separatist guerrillas”, a brother priest of Fr Bossi told AsiaNews. Fr Luciano Benedetti has been following developments in the kidnapping case from the very beginning, from the regional house of PIME in Zamboanga.
The three photographs of the abducted missionary which came into the hands of his brother friends yesterday “are a positive sign, but the only thing to do now is to wait for secure contact that is worthy of trust, to wait for the abductors to emerge and to give concrete evidence about the health of Fr Bossi.”
In the meantime, searches continue for the priest. The military, which is running the operations, has deployed men and means across practically the entire southern peninsula of Mindanao, but they have warned that the wait “could be a long one”.
While waiting for news, PIME has called an international day of prayer for the release of Fr Bossi on 10 July, exactly one month after his kidnapping.
The cloistered sisters in Italy have joined in this initiative on the invitation of the Pontifical Missionary Union. A letter to the religious sisters by the national secretary, Fr Ciro Biondi, read: “Knowing that you are united with us in prayer... makes us feel strong in the hope that the Lord will move in the hearts of those people who, surely just because of unreasonable calculations, are keeping him far from the place where the Lord Jesus sent him.”
Doubts about Abu Sayyaf hand in abduction of Fr Bossi
Experts on the Philippines tell AsiaNews about the inconsistencies and possible manipulation behind statements from Manila, about the hand of the Islamic integralists of Abu Sayyaf in the abduction of the PIME missionary.
Search for Fr Bossi: between anticipation and hope
The brother priests of the missionary who was kidnapped on 10 June in the Philippines say the emergence of photos of Fr Bossi have boosted hopes but have also sparked dangerous speculation. Today, across the nation, fervent prayers were said for his release and deliverance from his captors.
PIME: free Fr Bossi and his captors too
In a prayer published today, the missionaries of the Pontifical Institute of Foreign Missions in the Philippines call for true freedom for Fr Bossi, a month after his abudction, but also for his kidnappers, who are trapped in a cycle of evil. There was yet another plea not to use the kidnapping for political or ideological reasons.
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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.
Philippines, Manila and Mindanao pray for Fr. Bossi
Mass in memory of the missionary who died yesterday in Rozzano sul Naviglio (Milan) will be held tomorrow afternoon in the parish of Mary Queen of Apostles in Parañaque (Manila). Prayer vigils in Payao island, Mindanao. The funeral will be held tomorrow in Italy in the parish of Castelletto di Abbiategrasso at 3pm. PIME regional superior: "His loss is a great sorrow for all those who knew him during these years of mission."
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