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Monday, March 17, 2008

Pope seeks peace in wake of murder of Iraqi archbishop

Pope Benedict on Monday sent a message to Iraqi Catholics calling for peaceful solutions to honor the memory of Paulos Faraj Rahho, a Chaldean Catholic archbishop killed last week, Reuters reported the same day.

Rahho, the archbishop of Mosul, was kidnapped on February 29 after being attacked by gunmen. His body was found last Thursday in a shallow grave, with the cause of death unknown at this time.

“We have cried over his death, the inhumane way in which he had to end his life on Earth,” the Pope said during a mass at the Vatican in Rahho’s memory. “But today ... we want to thank God for all of the good that he did (and) that his Christians know to continue in their effort to build a peaceful society.”

The Pope also sent a passionate message regarding the situation in Iraq, saying: “Enough with the massacres, enough with the violence, enough with hatred in Iraq!”

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