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(BBC) – A prominent Iraqi Christian clergyman, Archbishop Basile Georges Casmoussa, has been freed a day after gunmen snatched him from the streets of Mosul . The archbishop was “on his way home” with no ransom paid, a church official told the Associated Press news agency. Reports earlier on Tuesday said the archbishop’s captors wanted a $200,000 (£107,000) ransom for his release. Gunmen bundled the Syrian Catholic archbishop into a car on Monday, sparking condemnation from the Vatican . The Vatican had described the abduction as a “despicable terrorist act” and called for his immediate release. Upon learning that the archbishop had been freed, Pope John Paul II had “changed his prayer to one of thanks”, papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said. Earlier on Tuesday, church officials in Mosul were quoted as saying the archbishop’s abductors had demanded $200,000 in exchange for releasing him. An official who had spoken to the archbishop by telephone quoted him as saying he had not been harmed by his captors.

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