~from Compass Direct News
Church leaders in Iraq reported that kidnappers have demanded a huge ransom for the release of a Chaldean priest abducted in Baghdad over the weekend.
“They phoned us, they want money and we cannot say anything else,” Baghdad’s Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop Shlemon Warduni told Compass regarding the abduction of Father Nawzat Hanna Saturday morning (May 19).
Hanna, 38, was abducted upon exiting the home of a sick parishioner in the city’s Baladiyat neighborhood, Asia News reported. Christian sources told Compass that the ransom demand was six digits in U.S. dollars, far more than the church could pay.
Chaldean priest Bashar Warda, dean of St. Peter’s Seminary, said Hanna is the only priest at the Chaldean Mar Pithion parish of 700 families, located in a north-eastern, predominantly Shiite district of the city.