A Chaldean Catholic priest who was kidnapped in Baghdad on Saturday was released on May 21, but showed signs of having been beaten, the AsiaNews service reports.
Father Nawzat Hanna was released into the custody of Bishop Shlemon Warduni, an auxiliary of the Chaldean patriarchate of Baghdad, on Monday evening. Earlier in the day the bishop had revealed that kidnappers were asking a "very very high" ransom for the priest. ?? Father Hanna was ambushed on May 19 as he left the home of a sick parishioner in Baghdad. The priest had remained in the city, after his relatives had fled for safety abroad, as pastor of one of Baghdad's shrinking Catholic parishes.
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