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Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Mosul is dead
« on: March 13, 2008, 11:00:19 AM »
Holy martyr, pray for peace!

The archbishop of Mosul is dead

Bishop of Arbil: "A heavy Cross for our Church, ahead of Easter". The cause of death is still unknown. The pope's expression of sorrow.

Mosul (AsiaNews) - The Chaldean archbishop of Mosul is dead. Archbishop Faraj Rahho was kidnapped last February 29 after the Stations of the Cross.  His kidnappers gave word of his death, indicating to the mediators where they could recover the body of the 67-year-old prelate. "It is a heavy Cross for our Church, ahead of Easter", Bishop Rabban of Arbil tells AsiaNews in response to the news. Leaders of the Chaldean Church, including Bishop Shlemon Warduni, brought the body to the hospital in Mosul to ascertain the causes, still unknown, of the archbishop's death.  The funeral will be held tomorrow in the nearby city of Karamles. Archbishop Rahho will be buried near Fr Ragheed, his priest and secretary killed by a terrorist brigade on June 3, 2007, while leaving the church after celebrating Mass.

The archbishop had been very sick.  He had suffered a heart attack a few years ago, and since then he had needed to take medication every day.  The difficult negotiations for his release carried forward over the past 14 days of his kidnapping had immediately raised concern because of the total absence of direct contact with the hostage.  The conditions posed by the kidnappers - sources in Mosul tell AsiaNews - in addition to an outrageous ransom on the order of millions of dollars, had also included the provision of weapons and the liberation of Arab prisoners held in Kurdish prisons.

The news of Archbishop Rahho's death "profoundly wounds and saddens" the pope, says the director of the Vatican press office, Fr Federico Lombardi.  Benedict XVI hopes that "this tragic event may renew once again and with greater force the efforts of all, and in particular of the international community, for the pacification of this greatly tormented country".  Three times in recent days, the pope had launched an appeal for the liberation of the bishop.  Numerous Muslim leaders had also spoken out for the prelate's release, both Sunnis and Shiites, in Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan, and also condemned the action as "contrary to Islam".

http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=11761&size=A

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Re: Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Mosul is dead
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2008, 11:31:01 AM »
May his memory be eternal.
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Re: Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Mosul is dead
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2008, 02:55:50 PM »
Memory eternal to this beloved servant of God. Lord have mercy.
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Re: Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Mosul is dead
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2008, 04:20:31 PM »
May the soul of this faithfully departed shepherd of Christ's flock rest in peace.
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Re: Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Mosul is dead
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2008, 06:51:27 PM »
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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2008, 06:55:20 PM »
Lord have mercy. Memory eternal to this servant of God.
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Re: Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Mosul is dead
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2008, 07:53:11 PM »
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Re: Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Mosul is dead
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2008, 01:05:11 AM »
Memory eternal to the Lord's servant, the Archbishop Paulos

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Re: Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Mosul is dead
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2008, 06:20:39 AM »
вечнаја памја........сташко,,станислав
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