» 07/08/2007, 00.00
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.
Zamboanga (AsiaNews) – Search operations to find Fr Giancarlo Bossi, a missionary of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) kidnapped from his parish of Payao on 10 June, “are proceeding as usual: we are living this long wait in the hope that good news will come soon, and that we will soon know for certain who is behind the kidnapping.” This is what Fr Luciano Benedetti told AsiaNews; a brother priest of Fr Bossi, Fr Benedetti has been following developments in the kidnapping case closely from the start, from the regional house of PIME in Zamboanga.
The emergence of photographs of the kidnapped priest two days ago, “has raised hopes, but now there are speculations and requests coming from strange people, who we prefer to keep at bay. The interest of the media can also be dangerous if it is not well managed: we are interested in Fr Bossi as a person, not as an object of curiosity.”
This is just why prayers for his release are being organized continuously: the community of PIME in the Philippines has invited the nation’s faithful – as it has done every day so far – to “pray incessantly” for the liberation of Fr Bossi and for his deliverance from those who kidnapped him.
The international day of prayer called by PIME, due to be held on 10 July, exactly one month after the kidnapping of the missionary, will be held in the Philippines at the Euntes Centre in Zamboanga. The diocese of Milan has also taken up the invitation of the Institute, and today prayers for Fr Bossi and for all Christians who suffer for the sake of the Gospel are being said in all Masses. In Rome, a prayer meeting will be held at 8.30pm in the chapel of the Generalate House: here, the Superior General, Fr Gian Battista Zanchi, will preside over a Mass.
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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.
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.
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.
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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The Philippine regional superior of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions tells AsiaNews that the entire Payao community, from where the missionary was kidnapped is praying for his safe return. Searches continue, still no sign of the abductors. Calls are made not to exploit those who bring the Gospel. Benedict XVI assures “his constant prayer”.
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