Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Syro-Catholic priests still in the hands of their captors

The two Syro-Catholic priests, who were abducted in Mosul on Saturday and whose release Pope Benedict XVI called for in Sunday’s Angelus, are still in the hands of their captors, Christian website http://www.ankawa.com/ reported this morning.

On its Arabic page, it criticises the central government which “continues to ignore the problem of Iraqi clergymen” and fails “to investigate and arrest the culprits.”

Sources close to the nunciature have said that negotiations are underway and that the Syro-Catholic bishop of Mosul, Mgr Basile George Casmoussa, is working day and night for the release of the two priests.

According to some rumours talks are slow because the captors are asking a king’s ransom for letting them go.

Fr Mazen Ishoa, 35, and Fr Pius Afas, 60, were kidnapped by unknown people on their way to celebrate mass at Our Lady of Fatima Parish Church in the al-Faisaliya neighbourhood.
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