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The archbishop of Mosul is dead
AsiaNews.it ^ | 03/13/08

Posted on 03/13/2008 6:18:16 AM PDT by OpusatFR

Mosul (AsiaNews) - The Chaldean archbishop of Mosul is dead. Archbishop Faraj Rahho was kidnapped last February 29 after the Stations of the Cross. His kidnappers have given word of his death, indicating to the mediators where they could recover the body of the 67-year-old prelate. "It is a heavy Cross for our Church, ahead of Easter", Rabban al Qas, bishop of Arbil, tells AsiaNews in response to the news.


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: alqueda; catholic; chaldean; iraq; mosul; murder
Our Lord welcomes His son and martyr at this holy time.

Eternal rest grant unto him, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he and all the saints through the mercy of God rest in peace.

Eternal Father I offer You the Body and Blood of Your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ in union with all the masses said throughout the world this day for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, for sinners in my own home and in my own family. Amen

1 posted on 03/13/2008 6:18:16 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: OpusatFR

Sorry, search didn’t pick up the other thread.


2 posted on 03/13/2008 6:22:06 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: OpusatFR

He is a now a real martyr, and a true one - not like those fake Muslim “martyrs” who murder others.


3 posted on 03/13/2008 6:23:25 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: OpusatFR

Another reminder of how blessed we in America are and how great the faith of the martyr is.


4 posted on 03/13/2008 6:24:35 AM PDT by conservonator (spill czeck is knot my friend)
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To: OpusatFR

Can anyone tell me why our soldiers died to create an Islamic republic?


5 posted on 03/13/2008 6:28:38 AM PDT by farmer18th (Iraqi Nation Building GWB-Style: "No law that contradicts.. Islam may be established")
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To: OpusatFR

The Muzzies strike again. The religion of peace is a POS.


6 posted on 03/13/2008 6:29:16 AM PDT by johna61
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To: OpusatFR

Martyr,God rest his soul.


7 posted on 03/13/2008 6:30:32 AM PDT by fatima
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To: OpusatFR

The Muzzies strike again . The religion of peace is a POS.


8 posted on 03/13/2008 6:36:41 AM PDT by johna61
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To: farmer18th

Do you not think that might still not have happened if we had forced Christianity on their nation?


9 posted on 03/13/2008 6:44:00 AM PDT by AxelPaulsenJr (God Bless George W. Bush)
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To: farmer18th
Can anyone tell me why our soldiers died to create an Islamic republic?

Can anyone tell me why small-minded cowards still post on FR?

10 posted on 03/13/2008 6:50:45 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: OpusatFR
I think I saw him on EWTN a couple of months ago.

God Bless him.

And God, strengthen us for the longer war to come.

11 posted on 03/13/2008 6:50:58 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: wideawake
Can anyone tell me why small-minded cowards still post on FR?

You might provide the best answer; why do people who are afraid of confronting Islam call themselves conservatives? Historical ignorance? Nah...probably just fear, heah? You'll look good in a Bhurka, Susie.
12 posted on 03/13/2008 6:57:31 AM PDT by farmer18th (Iraqi Nation Building GWB-Style: "No law that contradicts.. Islam may be established")
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To: AxelPaulsenJr
Do you not think that might still not have happened if we had forced Christianity on their nation?

Try just a modicum of logic here: there is a collosal difference between "forcing Christianity" on them and refusing to be part of a Constitution that states "No law that contradicts.. Islam may be established." What GWB and Condi did was take down their shorts for the radical Imams. Proud moment for America, heah?
13 posted on 03/13/2008 7:01:27 AM PDT by farmer18th (Iraqi Nation Building GWB-Style: "No law that contradicts.. Islam may be established")
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To: OpusatFR
Dead to this world, of course, but born anew to eternal life.

Another one safely home.

14 posted on 03/13/2008 7:07:55 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: farmer18th

Notice that Al Sadr announced this week that he has failed in his effort to establish and Islamic state in Iraq. He is giving up politics and dedicating himself to study in Iran.

I guess he did not get your angry anti Bush memo.


15 posted on 03/13/2008 7:23:50 AM PDT by lonestar67 (Its time to withdraw from the War on Bush-- your side is hopelessly lost in a quagmire.)
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To: lonestar67
Notice that Al Sadr announced this week that he has failed in his effort to establish and Islamic state in Iraq.

That's a little like hearing Marxist revolutionaries argue with each other, and then taking solace that the "nicer Marxist" won. This "non-Islamic" state sure didn't help the Chaldean Bishop or the Chaldean Christians, did it?

You have to separate your idol-worship of GWB from your principles--if they are stil intact. You simply cannot defend the craven cowardice of putting "No law that contradicts.. Islam may be established" in the Iraqi Constitution. Would you want your son to die for the radical Imams? Or just George Bush.

Real Conservatives don't live in a fantasy world.
16 posted on 03/13/2008 7:29:48 AM PDT by farmer18th (Iraqi Nation Building GWB-Style: "No law that contradicts.. Islam may be established")
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To: farmer18th
Proud moment for America, heah?

I am proud that we freed a people from an oppressive regime. I am proud that we created a free republic to live as they see fit.

17 posted on 03/13/2008 8:23:01 AM PDT by AxelPaulsenJr (God Bless George W. Bush)
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To: AxelPaulsenJr
I am proud that we created a free republic to live as they see fit.

Yeah, I guess that means allowing for the brutal, ransoming death of a Chaldean Christian now and then.

Sending your sons to die for an Islamic Constitution is no great day for America.
18 posted on 03/13/2008 8:26:09 AM PDT by farmer18th (Iraqi Nation Building GWB-Style: "No law that contradicts.. Islam may be established")
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To: farmer18th; wideawake
Yeah, I guess that means allowing for the brutal, ransoming death of a Chaldean Christian now and then.

Sending your sons to die for an Islamic Constitution is no great day for America.

How does one respond to such narrow minded thinking?

19 posted on 03/13/2008 8:32:16 AM PDT by AxelPaulsenJr (God Bless George W. Bush)
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To: AxelPaulsenJr

Probably by ignoring the idiot who spouts it.


20 posted on 03/13/2008 8:35:23 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: AxelPaulsenJr
How does one respond to such narrow minded thinking?

That sounds very much like a leftist on the ropes.
21 posted on 03/13/2008 8:37:02 AM PDT by farmer18th (Iraqi Nation Building GWB-Style: "No law that contradicts.. Islam may be established")
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To: wideawake

Good advice, which I will adhere to, have a great day!


22 posted on 03/13/2008 8:58:42 AM PDT by AxelPaulsenJr (God Bless George W. Bush)
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To: OpusatFR

We must pray for the soul of Christ’s servant and martyr, Archbishop Rahho, please remember him in your thoughts.

We must also continue to pray for his murderers and all those who persecute others and the Church, as Christ himself said in the Gospel of Matthew (Chapter 5: 43-48).


23 posted on 03/13/2008 9:16:55 AM PDT by BaBaStooey (I heart Emma Caulfield.)
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To: OpusatFR
I am the way, the truth and the life - Words of Jesus Christ our Lord, Our Savior,  the Son of God.

Prayers for the family of the archbishop. Brothers, sisters, etc.

24 posted on 03/13/2008 9:47:15 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: OpusatFR

Lord welcome your servant into Glory and comfort his loved ones.


25 posted on 03/13/2008 3:46:50 PM PDT by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: OpusatFR
Vultus Christi

March 13, 2008

"They Have Killed Our Shepherd"

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At the end of Holy Mass today at the Monastery of the Glorious, we sang the antiphons In Paradisum and Chorus Angelorum for the repose of the soul of His Grace, Archbishop Paulos Fraj Rahho.

Adapted from the official Chaldean Community Website:

Mosul, IRAQ – The Chaldean community around the world stands numb and in disbelief at news of the death of Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of Mosul.

Outcry from world leaders held no sway as fanatical terrorists proved once more that women, children, medical providers, and now spiritual leaders are not safe from their killing spree. “These are innocent people that want to help bring peace. They kill them, because they are filled with hate. These barbarians have no faith in anything, but their own rise to power,” said Omar Touma, a recent refugee and Chaldean parishioner of the Good Shepherd Chaldean Church in Canada.

Mournful cries and prayers spread quickly as e-mail and phone messaging communicated the sorrowful news. "Our Bishop is dead," said one message, accompanied by images of weeping families huddled together, comforting one another.

Church official say that the kidnappers had been demanding a heavy ransom. When requests were made to speak to the Archbishop, the kidnappers replied that the Archbishop was dead and gave instructions on how the Archbishop's body could be recovered.

The Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul had been dead for at least five days before his body was found this morning by members of the Church, following information provided by the kidnappers themselves. This timeline was provided by the autopsy conducted on the body of Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho. The Archbishop's body was found in an abandoned area outside of the city, which is in part used as a trash dump.

Archbishop Rahho was seized outside the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Mosul after conducting a Stations of the Cross service on Friday, February 29th. Three parishioners were killed by the gunmen who abducted the archbishop.

In the days after the kidnapping, Church leaders pleaded in vain for some clear evidence that Archbishop Rahho was alive and well. The Archbishop, who was 69, suffered from a serious heart condition and needed daily medication.

The identity of the kidnappers remains unknown. Although Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki had ordered an all-out effort to locate the archbishop and secure his release, troops were unsuccessful in their search around Mosul, a city dominated by insurgents and terrorists.

While the kidnappers did ask for a large money ransom, they were evidently not motivated solely by the desire for financial gain. Church spokesmen said that their demands included political conditions: an indication that the Archbishop's abduction was arranged by a terrorist group rather than simply a criminal gang.

Mosul is the most dangerous city for the Christian community, the presence of which has dropped by over 75% since 2003. Christians remain the soft target for insurgents, terrorists, and criminal gangs looking to raise money and fund their ongoing operations.

After the Iraqi government and coalition forces systematically began turning off funding sources for these militant and criminal groups, their focus turned towards Christians. Iraqi Christians tend to be educated professionals and considered wealthy. A pro-Islamic police force pursue crimes against Christians less aggressively since the victims have a dhimmi status under Islamic law.

The attacks have created a brain-drain in Iraq as Christian professionals flee the country in large numbers. Professors, doctors, scientists, and engineers have fled into neighboring regions or across the ocean seeking a haven of safety.

After Father Ragheed Ganni was murdered on 3 June 2007, intelligence revealed that the terrorists were politically motivated to drive Christians out of Iraq. The latest wave of violence against the Church occurred on 6-17 January 2008, when a series of explosions struck the Chaldean Church of Mary Immaculate, the Chaldean Church of St Paul, which was almost destroyed, the entryway to the orphanage run by the Chaldean Sisters in al Nour, a Nestorian church, and the convent of the Dominican sisters of Mosul Jadida.

“Our faith is in Jesus who died for the sins of humanity. He will find favour in our Chaldean Martyr who offered nothing but peace, hope, and love,” says Chaldean Catholic Omar Touma. “May Archbishop Raho rest in the arms of Our Lord and may God show mercy on those who continue to hate. They will not scatter the Chaldean flock because they have killed our shepherd. Our faith will now grow even stronger.”


26 posted on 03/13/2008 7:24:00 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Thanks for the update.

I posted a prayer request at Adoration for prayers for the conversion of his murderers, and the repose of his soul.

What a beautiful face! I can imagine it shines so brightly now we would be astonished.


27 posted on 03/14/2008 5:52:52 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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