“The Pope was praying in solidarity with the people of Iraq, and particularly its small Christian community, at this time when unjustifiable violence continues to rage throughout the country. He said that this tragic event reminds all of us, and in particular the international community, of the need to bring peace to this troubled land. The Pope’s appeal had been joined by other Christian, as well as Muslim leaders in Iraq.”- Vatican Radio.
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Paulos Faraj Rahho, the Chaldean Catholic archbishop in Iraq who was kidnapped last month near Mosul, was found dead according to an Italian Catholic News service.
The BBC reported
Paulos Faraj Rahho, the Chaldean Catholic archbishop in Iraq who was kidnapped last month, has been found dead, according to reports.
The Italian Catholic news agency SIR quoted an Iraqi bishop, saying that the archbishop’s body had been found buried near Mosul, where he had been abducted.
Pope Benedict XVI was said to be profoundly moved and saddened by his death, Reuters reported.
The archbishop was kidnapped soon after he left Mass in Mosul on 29 February.
He was the latest in a long line of Chaldean clerics to be abducted in Iraq since the US-led invasion in March 2003.
Three people who were with the archbishop at the time were killed by gunmen.