Pope calls for release of priest, bishops abducted in Syria

Published in The Hindu, July 26/15

Reuters: Pope Francis delivers a speech during an audience for the participants of the Convention of the Diocese of Rome in St. Peter’s square at the Vatican City, June 14, 2015.

   (Note: Politics can’t unite peoples of the world. It is always my country, your country and never our 290250_235977559773812_6983603_ocountry. Money and wealth can’t. It is also my bank balance, your bank balance, never our bank balance or pooling of resources as in first century Christianity. At least religion should since there is only one God. It can’t either since it is again my God, your God and not our God. In the forefront  of this fight are the trinity of Abrahimic religions. What else can unite except  Humane Humanity of Sri Narayana Guru: One God, one religion, one caste, the human caste? Shouldn’t what is human and rational unite us all? james kottoor, editor)

              Father Dall'Oglio was well known in the Middle East and Europe for his work promoting Christian-Muslim dialogue. Pope Francis on Sunday appealed for the release of an Italian Jesuit priest and two Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria two years ago, asking leaders to work for the freedom of all those abducted there.

Father Paolo Dall'Oglio, a Jesuit priest who worked in Syria for more than 30 years and who supported the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, disappeared on July 29, 2013 in the city of Raqqa, now a stronghold of militant group Islamic State.

Father Dall'Oglio was well known in the Middle East and Europe for his work promoting Christian-Muslim dialogue. He was restoring an ancient monastery in the desert and had refused to leave the country for his own safety after the civil war started four years ago.Several months earlier, two Orthodox bishops were kidnapped in an area near the Turkish border where they had gone to negotiate the release of two abducted priests.

Pope Francis, speaking to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square for his weekly prayer and message, called for a "renewed commitment" by local and international authorities "so these brothers of ours can regain their freedom soon."More than a quarter of a million people have been killed since the civil war in Syria began, and many have been abducted or are missing.Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday the army had been forced to give up areas in order to hold onto more important ones in its fight with insurgents. 

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *