"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Anniversary of the Martyr, Archbishop Rahho of Mosul, Iraq

Over a year ago, Paulo Faraj Rahho, then the holy Archbishop of Mosul in Iraq was kidnapped by lawless citizens and who later died a martyr’s death. That fateful day was March 13, 2008 and the whole of Catholic World is remembering him in our prayers from Vatican to the simplest unknown parish in the world. May his martyrdom sow the seed of the Christian faith witnessing his selfless love to all Iraqi Catholics and Muslims alike. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Κύριε ἐλέησον, Χριστὲ ἐλέησον, Κύριε ἐλέησον. Amen!


Asia News (www.asianews.it)
Kirkuk (AsiaNews) – “Today Iraq marks the first anniversary of the death of Paulo Faraj Rahho, the Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul. Mass was also held in Kirkuk this morning celebrated by Archbishop Louis Sako, who recalled the “martyrdom of the bishop of Mosul” in his homily as well as the “long list of Iraqi Christian martyrs”. Muslim representatives also participated in the ceremony in a sign of solidarity with “the Christian community”.

Msgr. Rahho was abducted on February 29th at the end of celebrating the Way of the Cross in Holy Spirit parish. The prelate was gravely ill; he had suffered a severe heart attack in preceding years and since then had been in need of daily medication. The difficulty of negotiations that went on for over 14 days gave little hope for a successful outcome, given a complete lack of communication with the hostage. During the abduction three other people were killed: Faris Gorgis Khoder, the bishop’s driver and body guards Ramy and Samir...”
(Read more
here)

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Photo Credit- Thanks to:
Iraqi Christians.org and Catholic News. God bless!

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