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    » 07/09/2007, 00.00

    VATICAN – PHILIPPINES

    I think about Father Bossi every day, says Pope



    “Let us hope and pray that the Lord may help us,” the Pope said in response to a question from a reporter on his arrival in the mountain village where he will spend a few days’ rest.

    Lorenzago (AsiaNews) – Benedict XVI thinks about Father Bossi and prays for him “every day.” This is what the Pope himself said when he arrived today in the Dolomite Alpine resort of Lorenzago di Cadore (Belluno Province). He has come here in the mountains for a few days’ rest.

    “My thoughts are with Father Bossi every day. I have spoken with the Substitute a few days ago and he gave me the latest information. Let us hope and pray that the Lord may help us,” the Pope said answering a question from a reporter about the missionary from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) who was abducted a month ago in the Philippines.

    It is the first time that Benedict XVI explicitly refers to Father Bossi. But in the last few days he has spoken out for “all those who have been kidnapped.”

    In addition to getting news from the Substitute in the Secretariat of State as he said today, the Pope also asked Mgr Romulo G. Valles, archbishop of Zamboanga, for information about the missing missionary. He also greeted the prelate in the ceremony in which he bestowed the pallium on him last June 29.

    A few days earlier, at the end of the audience in St Peter’s Square on June 13, Fr Giuseppe Buono from PIME was able to speak with the Pope and ask him for a special blessing for Father Giancarlo. Benedict XVI reassured him that he not only has “a blessing but my constant thoughts in prayer.”

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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.

    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
    Father Bossi’s kidnappers probably MILF fighters
    The official announcement of the missionary’s abduction was made by Col Godofredo Paderanga, a Filipino Army officer stationed in Mindanao. Father Bossi is the third Italian priest kidnapped in the area in the last ten years.

    20/06/2007 PHILIPPINES
    Army announces Father Bossi sighted, PIME can’t confirm
    According to Major General Ben Dolorfino, PIME missionary abducted on June 10 was sighted by some soldiers near the village of Sapad, Lanao del Norte. Missionaries from PIME regional house cannot confirm.

    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.



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