Monday, March 03, 2008

Urgent Prayer request: Iraqi archbishop kidnapped

MOSUL, IRAQ -- Gunmen kidnapped a Chaldean Catholic archbishop and killed three of his guards Friday in the latest attack targeting Iraq's dwindling Christian minority in this northern city.The armed group intercepted Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho as he left the Church of the Holy Spirit after celebrating Mass, said Iraqi Brig. Gen. Khalid Abdul Sattar, a spokesman for Nineveh province security forces.
Chaldean Catholics, who recognize the authority of the Roman Catholic pontiff, are the largest group among Iraq's small Christian community.Pope Benedict XVI asked the church "to unite in fervent prayer so that reason and humanity prevail among the authors of the kidnapping, and that Msgr. Rahho is returned quickly to caring for his flock," according to wire reports.

HT LATimes

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