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    » 07/20/2007, 00.00


    PIME thanks all those who contributed to the release of Fr. Bossi

    A Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions statement

    Rome (AsiaNews) – The Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, “has learned with joy of the release of Fr. Giancarlo Bossi”, and in a press release “wishes to express its profound gratitude firstly to God, for having safely returned our confrere. The Lord truly listened to the intense prayers of so many people, Christian, Muslim, and of other faiths, who united themselves to our prayer, and above all to the Holy Father who again this very night prayed for our Fr. Giancarlo”.

    Numerous initiatives were launched calling for the release of Fr. Giancarlo.  We now that others are still underway.  May these initiatives become an occasion for celebration, as is the case with the missionary’s family in particular his mother, Amalia, who spoke to him on the phone the day of her birthday.

    PIME thanks all those who collaborated in the release of Fr. Bossi, in particular the Italian Government, the Foreign Ministry and Crises Unit, the Philippine government, the police and the local leaders.

    We wish to thank everybody from the depths of our hearts and we ask the Lord to Bless and gift you all peace”.

    Fr. Gian Battista Zanchi, PIME

    Superior General


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    20/06/2007 PHILIPPINES
    PIME appeals for Father Bossi’s release
    In a statement titled ‘We Still Hope” the missionaries of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions in the Philippines urge anyone with information to come forward and help the search for Fr Giancarlo Bossi, who was seized on June 10 in Mindanao.

    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.

    10/06/2007 PHILIPPINES
    PIME missionary, Fr Giancarlo Bossi, abducted in Mindanao
    The missionary has worked for almost 30 years on the Mindanao Island where Muslim guerrillas have been battling the army for the island’s autonomy.

    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.

    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.

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