» 07/25/2007, 00.00
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.
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.
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.
Mindanao: Father Bossi well according to first contacts
Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions regional superior confirms first verbal contacts with missionary’s still anonymous kidnappers. An 11-hour prayer Vigil was held yesterday in Ipil with witnesses by Christians and Muslims. In Payao, where Father Bossi worked, faithful of every creed pray 24 hours a day.
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.
Mediation for Father Bossi’s release continues
Contacts are ongoing as hope in “positive developments” endures. PIME missionaries are cautiously optimistic.
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