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Christians in Middle East pray for release of kidnapped Iraqi archbishop

ICC Note

Christians throughout Iraq are praying for Archbishop Paulos Faraji Rahho, who was kidnapped on February 292008.

March 5,2008 Iraq (CNA).- The Christian communities in Iraq have launched a prayer campaign for the release of Catholic Chaldean Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of Mosul, who was kidnapped by a group of armed men on February 29.

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Pray that “the bishop will be released, that he may feel the closeness of Jesus Christ in these moments of suffering and uncertainty, and that his family may feel the presence of God in this time of trial,” organizers of the prayer campaign said.

They also urged “all the believers of Mosul to continue being faithful witnesses of the Risen Savior” and to pray “that the captors might be touched by the love of God” and free Archbishop Faraj, who is in delicate health and in need of medicine.

Organizers also ask that “all the leaders of Christian churches” to “continue being guided by the Holy Spirit, and to ensure the local population continues to receive liturgical, pastoral and charitable care.”

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