Prayers continue for kidnapped priest in Philippines

Prayers for the release of Italian missionary Fr Giancarlo Bossi in the Philippines continue for almost 40 days since armed militants kidnapped him in June.

AsiaNews reports that mediation for Fr Bossi's release is also continuing.

The report says that contacts are ongoing and PIME missionaries in the Philippines are cautiously optimistic.

"We are waiting for positive developments," PIME missionary in Zamboanga Fr Luciano Benedetti said.

The faithful are still calling on the Lord to free him, hoping that his kidnappers and those trying to exploit the event for political and ideological purposes might heed their words, he said.

Fr Bossi was taken on 10 June towards the end of a Mass he was celebrating in Payao, a small town near his parish church, not far from Zamboanga (Mindanao).

"So many are trying to help," said Fr Benedetti. "These days we have felt the sympathy of so many people and this bodes well that it might be persuasive and lead to Father Bossi's release."

Mediation for Father Bossi's release continues (AsiaNews, 16/7/07)

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17 Jul 2007