posted on Jan, 17 2005 @ 08:07 PM
The Iraqi Syrian-Catholic Archbishop of Mosul has been kidnapped by the iraqi resistance. The Vatican has demanded his release.
"We have received news of the kidnapping of the ... Archbishop of Mosul, Basile Georges Casmoussa," Chief Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls
"The Holy See deplores this act of terrorism in the firmest manner and demands that the worthy pastor is swiftly freed unharmed to continue to carry
out his ministry."
Casmoussa was kidnapped by gunmen in two cars in the northern al-Majmoua al-Thaqafiya district of Iraq's third largest city soon after 5 p.m. (0900
EST), a local Christian official said.
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The Vatican has taken a pacifistic path on the entire terror war and the iraq situation in particular. The kidnapping of a bishop is an illustration
of the pointlessness of the insurgency. Its quite apparent that the people who did this are only interested in promoting havoc, not sovereignty.
I also find it interesting because the Vice President of Iraq under Saddam, Tariq Aziz, was also a Catholic. The Church even sent envoys to him
before the war.
Additionally its interesting because I think
that this Syrian Catholic church is one of the many 'Eastern' churches that either lost contact
with european christianity or the papacy in particulary but recently (recently in historical terms anyway) rejoined the papacy. It also reminds us
that non-muslims are not
subjected to extermination in regular, even very religious, muslim societies. These jihadis and mujahideners are very
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