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    » 07/16/2007, 00.00

    PHILIPPINES

    Mediation for Father Bossi’s release continues



    Contacts are ongoing as hope in “positive developments” endures. PIME missionaries are cautiously optimistic.

    Zamboanga (AsiaNews) – Mediation for Fr Giancarlo Bossi’s release still continues. Contacts are ongoing and PIME missionaries in the Philippines are cautiously optimistic. “We are waiting for positive developments,” PIME missionary in Zamboanga Fr Luciano Benedetti told AsiaNews.

    Prayers for the release of the PIME missionary continue almost 40 days since armed men kidnapped him on June 10. The faithful are still calling on the Lord to free him, hoping that his kidnappers and those trying to exploit the event for political and ideological purposes might heed their words. The Father Bossi was taken towards the end of a mass he was celebrating in Payao, a small town near his parish church, not far from Zamboanga (Mindanao).

    “So many are trying to help,” said Father Benedetti. “These days we have felt the sympathy of so many people and this bodes well that it might be persuasive and lead to Father Bossi’s release.”

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    See also

    25/07/2007 PHILIPPINES – ITALY
    Great celebrations in Payao for Father Bossi’s return
    Joyful Christians and Muslims come together to welcome PIME missionary home. Freed priest celebrates mass in his parish church, thanks all those who prayed for him during his captivity.

    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.

    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.

    25/06/2007 PHILIPPINES
    No contacts with kidnappers, search for Fr Bossi starts again in Payao
    PIME missionaries in the Philippines have no news about any emissary from by Fr Giancarlo Bossi’s kidnappers despite a statement to that effect by the army general heading the search probe into the missionary’s disappearance. Search activities focus again on the area where he was kidnapped. A message of solidarity arrives from Dehonian missionaries.



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