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Iraqi Christians remember 13th anniversary of kidnapping and death of Archbishop

As they prepare to welcome Pope Francis, Iraqi Christians commemorate Paulos Faraj Rahho, Archbishop of Mosul, on the thirteenth anniversary of his kidnapping and assassination.


On the 29th of February in 2008, the Archbishop’s car was attacked by a group of unknown armed men. Archbishop Rahho had just left the Holy Spirit’s church, where he had celebrated the Via Crucis. The driver and two of his collaborators in the car with him were killed immediately while the Archbishop was kidnapped.

After days of intense negotiations for his release, his lifeless body was found on the 12th of March, near an abandoned cemetery in Karama district.

The cause of his death has never been definitively clarified. Now, while Mosul is also preparing to welcome Pope Francis during his pastoral visit to Iraq, the information portal launches an appeal to reopen the dossier of the investigation into this kidnapping, to try to shed light on those responsible for this kidnapping and the criminal act that led to his death.



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