Intentions of the Holy Father for April

Ecology and Justice. That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources.
Hope for the Sick. That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness.

The Archbishop of Mosul

The Italian Catholic website has just reported that the kidnappers of the Archbishop of Mosul, Faraj Rahho, have reported that His Excellency is dead. The report did not specify the cause of death, but he is known to have been in bad health for some time. According to the BBC, the kidnappers disclosed the location of his buried body.

His ordeal began with his abduction February 29, after leading the Stations of the Cross in a parish of his diocese. Since then, he had been held in captivity and incommunicato at an unknown location. During his kidnapping, three aids with him were murdered.

His predecessor was also kidnapped, though more briefly, and returned safely. During his predecessor's governance of the city's faithful the cathedral was bombed.

Holy Faraj Rahho, Martyr for Christ and His Church, pray for us.

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