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Benedict XVI prays for murdered Syrian Orthodox priest

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The Pope called for peace in Iraq and expressed his sadness following the death of Assyrian Orthodox Church priest.

April 7,2008 Iraq (CNA). – Saturday saw more violence against Christians in Iraq , as an Assyrian Orthodox priest was gunned down outside of his house. Pope Benedict expressed his “profound sorrow” upon hearing of the killing, which is the latest in a string of attacks Christians.

In a telegram, sent via the apostolic nunciature to Iraq to the Syrian Orthodox Archbishop Mar Saverius Jamil Hawa, Pope Benedict expressed his deep sadness at the death of Fr. Yousef Adel Abudi and assured “Your Eminence, the priests and the religious of the archdiocese of his closeness in prayer.”

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