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Report: A Chaldean priest and three deacons killed in Mosul

June 3, 2007

From Asia News:

An armed group gunned down and killed Fr Ragheed Ganni and three of his aides. The murder took place right after Sunday mass in front of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Mosul where Father Ragheed was parish priest. Sources told AsiaNews that hours later the bodies were still lying in the street because no one dared retrieve them. Given the situation tensions in the area remain high.

For some time since the fall of Saddam Hussein Christians have become victims of what amounts to an open campaign of persecution often denounced by Chaldean and Orthodox bishops.

Father Ragheed himself had been targeted several times in previous attacks. The Church of the Holy Spirit has also been repeatedly attacked and bombed in the last few years, the last time occurred but a few months ago…

Full report here.

UPDATE:
Asia News: Ragheed, a “costly sacrifice” so that Iraq may see the dawn of reconciliation, says Pope
Chiesa: The Last Mass of Father Ragheed, a Martyr of the Chaldean Church
Asia News: Killers wanted their conversion to Islam

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