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    » 07/17/2007, 00.00


    Fr. Benedetti: we are awaiting “positive developments” for Fr. Bossi

    Cautious optimism among the confreres of the missionary abducted in Payao: good news may arrive within the next two weeks, but the situation remains “delicate”.

    Zamboanga (AsiaNews) – “I can confirm the cautious optimism expressed yesterday and I confide that any moment may bring the good news of Fr. Giancarlo Bossi’s release, even if evening had fallen here and we still have no news of new developments in the case”. Zambonaga based PIME missionary Fr. Luciano Benedetti tells AsiaNews, that the release may take place “within the next two weeks”, even if it is still impossible “to make sure statements about it”.

    The military and government are currently negotiating with the kidnappers for the release of Fr. Bossi, but the situation remains “very delicate” and the PIME confreres are “entrusting themselves to prayer” so that the Italian missionary will soon be released.

    A certain element in the common will shared by Christian and Muslims to find “a rapid solution to the case”: Fr Bossi has been in the hands of his captors for over a month now, and is “deeply loved by the local people”; his release would contribute to defusing the ranger of a rapid escalation of “tensions in the country”.

    Fr. Benedetti underlines the importance the initiatives aimed at bringing about the release of Fr. Bossi: “I believe that the joined Christian, Muslim petition launched Tomas Concepcion – a Philippine artist of Muslim who has long lived in Rome – may contribute to creating a fresh wind of harmony among our people.  Tomorrow or July 19th at the latest he will come to Zamboangato meet the archbishop, Msgr. Romulo Geolina Valles” to continue in the common aim to free the PIME missionary: an “important and significant” commitment which is a testimony to the people’s will.


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    20/06/2007 PHILIPPINES
    A blog to ask for the release of Fr. Giancarlo Bossi
    Missionaries from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions in the Philippines have opened a virtual diary on the internet, to gather messages and prayers from all over the world and speak about their view of developments in the case of Fr. Bossi, kidnapped June 10th last in Mindanao.

    16/07/2007 PHILIPPINES
    Mediation for Father Bossi’s release continues
    Contacts are ongoing as hope in “positive developments” endures. PIME missionaries are cautiously optimistic.

    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.

    20/07/2007 PHILIPPINES – ITALY
    Fr. Bossi: “They treated me well and I prayed for them”
    Benedict XVI was informed of the release yesterday evening and expressed “the great joy of the entire Church”. Contradicting versions from the Philippine authorities regarding those responsible for the abduction.

    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.

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