Chaldean Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho, kidnapped in Iraq last month, was found dead on March 13, his body half-buried in an empty lot in the northern city of Mosul. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki blamed Rahho’s death on al-Qaeda and said his Shi’ite-led government was committed to protecting Christians, who make up about 3% of Iraq’s population. “The perpetrators of this horrible crime will not run from the hand of justice,” Maliki said. Pope Benedict, who had made several appeals for Rahho’s freedom, called his death “an act of inhuman violence that offends the dignity of the human being” in a letter to Iraqi church leaders. (Reuters, March 13)
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From Alsumaria Iraqi Satellite TV Network, April 6:
More details from Catholic World News, April 7: