Posted by: Lister | February 29, 2008

Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho

Iraqi Chaldean archbishop seized:

Gunmen have kidnapped the archbishop of the Chaldean Catholic Church in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and killed three of his aides, his church says.
Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho was seized as he left a church in the eastern al-Nour district, it added.

[…] There are an estimated 50,000 Christians in the traditionally ethnically and religiously mixed city of Mosul, Iraq’s third-largest and a centre of the oil industry.

But a rise in attacks on Christians by Sunni extremist groups such as al-Qaeda in Iraq since the US-led invasion in 2003 has prompted many to leave.

[…] The church’s community in Iraq is said to be 550,000-strong and its best-known member is Saddam Hussein’s former deputy prime minister, Tariq Aziz.



  1. Archbishop Rahho has been found dead.

    The body of Paulos Faraj Rahho, the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Mosul, was found in a shallow grave close to the city.

    […] According to the SIR Catholic news agency, the kidnappers told Iraqi church officials on Wednesday that Archbishop Rahho was very ill and, later on the same day, that he was dead.

    However, Iraqi police say the condition of the archbishop’s body suggests that he may have died at least a week ago.

    It is not clear whether he was killed, or died of natural causes. Nobody has claimed responsibility for his death.

    The archbishop’s body was found by church workers who went to the area after being contacted by the kidnappers.

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