British cardinal prays for Iraq peacemaker hostages

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has sent a message of solidarity with four members of Christian Peacemaker Teams being held hostage in Iraq.

CLICK HEREIndependent Catholic News reports that the message was forwarded to Pat Gaffney, who heads the Catholic peace movement Pax Christi. Gaffney was one of the organisers of the prayer vigil held yesterday in London's Trafalgar Square.

"I want the families of Norman, Tom, Harmeet and James to know that we are thinking of them, and praying, too, that the hearts of those who hold them be converted to the cause of peace and love," he said. "I plead with their captors to have mercy, as God is merciful, and to release them."

Pat Gaffney, General Secretary of Pax Christi, said: "For Christians, Advent is a time of waiting and expectation. This year, the waiting and expectation of Advent take on another quality and meaning as we remember our friends Norman, Tom, Harmeet and James held in Iraq.

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13 Dec 2005