The body of the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Mosul, Paulos Faraj Rahho, who was kidnapped by gunmen in Mosul late last month as he drove home after afternoon mass, was discovered in an area south of the city, church officials and the police said Thursday.Requiem aeternam, dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescant in pace. Amen.
Cardinal Emmanuel Delli, a church official in Baghdad, confirmed that Archbishop Rahho's body had been found and taken to the morgue in Mosul. The body would be released to the archbishop's family late Friday or early Saturday so that they could bury him.
The body was found in al-Intessar, a residential area near the northern city known as a haven for gangs and criminal activity. It was not immediately clear how the archbishop died.
In the kidnapping, on Feb. 29, Rahho's car was sprayed with bullets and two of his bodyguards were killed.
The kidnapping followed a series of attacks in January on Christian churches in Mosul and Baghdad, including a Chaldean church.
After the attacks, Rahho, the head of the Chaldean church in Mosul, appeared on television and made a strong statement against the attacks, according to an Iraqi Christian who watched the broadcast.
In the last few years, Mosul has been a difficult place for Christians. Last June, a priest and three companions were shot and killed in the same church where Rahho presided.
In January 2005, Archbishop George Yasilious was kidnapped and later released. In October 2006, an Orthodox priest, Polis Iskander, was beheaded after he was kidnapped and attempts to ransom him failed.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
The blood of martyrs
....kidnapped Chaldean bishop's body found. From Internation Herald Tribune