Some of you have heard by now, but the Archbishop of Mosul (Iraq) , His Excellency Faraj Rahho, was kidnapped nearly two weeks ago. He was abducted right after he left a church in Mosul. His driver and two other companions were killed. AsiaNews has it that another phone call between abductors and mediators was to take place tonight. Masses and prayers are being offered in Rome and Damascus, among other spots. The wife said, "Pray for an Easter miracle,". It may sound blithe, but that is just about all we can do (or hope for a search & rescue mission from the US armed forces...). Pray, pray, pray for His Excellency's recovery. He is in frail health, and is one of the most insightful minds in the country.
The original story in AsiaNews: http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=11657&size=A.
The update: http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=11702&size=A
UPDATE: Archbishop Rahho's body was found in a shallow grave outside of Mosul around the 15th of March.
Grant him, O Lord, eternal rest. May perpetual light shine upon him.